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18th Century

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th December to 27th December 2021 and 31st December 2021 to 1st January 2022 inclusive closed Gallery closures and collection updates

The 18th century was a Golden Age for British Art. In this section, you can see works by some of the masters of the period – Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, William Hogarth, George Stubbs and Josiah Wedgwood.

Read about European artists who were drawn to and prospered in London: the Italian painter Canaletto, the French sculptor Roubiliac, the German composer Handel.

And find out about the Grand Tour: the sites seen, the routes taken and the art collected.

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