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22 November 2018 - 3 February 2019

Wolfson Gallery
Open daily 10.00–18.00 / Friday until 21.00

Family portraits are a constant presence in modern life. Foreshadowing this, Thomas Gainsborough was the first British artist to make a regular practice of painting and drawing himself and his family members. Comprising some of his best loved works, this exhibition will explore how these portraits not only expressed his affections but also helped advance his career.

Featuring over fifty works from across the world, some of which have never been on display before, Gainsborough’s Family Album charts his career from youth to maturity, telling the story of an eighteenth-century provincial artist’s rise to metropolitan fame and fortune.

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Ticket Prices


Tickets without donation Full price  £14
Concessions £12.50
25 and under £5 (Fridays only)
Tickets with donation Full price  £16
Concessions £14.50
 
Members/Supporters Free


Family Tickets


Under 12s go free and family tickets are available. Book an Adult or Senior ticket and receive 50% off tickets for two to four children (aged 12 – 18)

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How to Book


By Phone: 020 7321 6600  Daily 10.00–17.30
(transaction fee applies)
In person at the Gallery Daily 10.00 – 17.00
Fridays until 20.00

Group Visits


Special tours are available for groups, including a lecture and opportunity to explore the exhibition. For more information visit group tours.


Are you 25 and under?

Then every Friday enjoy £5 entry to Gainsborough’s Family Album. Why not make an evening of it and head to our after-hours Friday Lates on until 9pm.

 


The Conservation of Gainsborough Dupont


Discover how our conservation team uncovered lost details of this intimate family portrait.

 


Events

Take a look at our programme of special events

Events (8)

8 events matching the search term Gainsborough

Young People: Festive photo workshop

Young People: Festive photo workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

15 December 2018, 13:00-16:00
Education Studio
Fully booked

Inspired by our Picturing Friendship display and Gainsborough’s Family Album exhibition, work with photographer Elizabeth Doak


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Family workshop: Friendship Bracelets

Family workshop: Friendship Bracelets

  • Family||Workshop

16 December 2018, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free drop-in

Inspired by the current Picturing Friendship display and Gainsborough’s Family Album exhibition, create a friendship bracelet to share with others.


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Members' Evening Private View: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 and Gainsborough's Family Album

Members' Evening Private View: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 and Gainsborough's Family Album

  • For Members

7 January 2019, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Lerner and Wolfson Galleries

Join us for an evening of these two must-see exhibitions. View the best of both worlds with portraits from the very best contemporary photographers in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 alongside portraits of the day in Gainsborough’s Family Album.

Please RSVP for this event from 1 July 2018.


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Weekend Workshop: Conversation Piece Painting: painting portraits in pairs

Weekend Workshop: Conversation Piece Painting: painting portraits in pairs

12 January - 13 January 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Inspired by the exhibition Gainsborough’s Family Album, this practical oil painting workshop, led by portrait artist Robin-Lee Hall, looks at how the artist explored informal group portraiture within his family. Over the weekend participants will visit the exhibition, sketch and paint from life/photos & develop a small double portrait oil sketch.


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Lunchtime Lecture: Painting for Free

Lunchtime Lecture: Painting for Free

17 January 2019, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Gainsborough scholar Dr Susan Sloman considers the private nature of the portraits on display in Gainsborough’s Family Album, which were made without regard to the commercial world, and the rather unfashionable notion of painting for pleasure.


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Performance: Chasing the Butterfly: A performance for actors, dancers and oboist

Performance: Chasing the Butterfly: A performance for actors, dancers and oboist

A part of Friday Lates
18 January 2019, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required. Book online, or visit the Gallery in person

This immersive performance is based upon the surviving paintings by Gainsborough of his daughters currently on display as part Gainsborough’s Family Album.

 


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Performance: Chasing the Butterfly: A performance for actors, dancers and oboist

Performance: Chasing the Butterfly: A performance for actors, dancers and oboist

A part of Friday Lates
18 January 2019, 19:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required. Book online, or visit the Gallery in person

This immersive performance is based upon the surviving paintings by Gainsborough of his daughters currently on display as part Gainsborough’s Family Album.

 


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Life Drawing: In Friendship: Gainsborough on Composition

Life Drawing: In Friendship: Gainsborough on Composition

A part of Friday Lates
25 January 2019, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Taking inspiration from Gainsborough’s advice on picture-making to compose objects ‘in friendship’, therefore expressing a unified harmony.


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Exhibition Catalogue

Regular price £29.95

Featuring over 50 portraits by the 18th-century master Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) – of himself, his wife, his daughters and other close relatives – this ‘family album’ accompanies the first major exhibition devoted to this remarkable and highly personal aspect of the artist’s work.

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Exhibition Shop

Find an exclusive range of Gainsborough – inspired products and gifts in store and online.

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Portrait Restaurant Packages

Make the most of your visit to Gainsborough’s Family Album with a visit to the Portrait Restaurant. Set on Level 3 of the Gallery and well known for its magnificent rooftop views over London, Portrait Restaurant is featuring prime Suffolk ingredients throughout winter in celebration of the artist’s birthplace.

Take a look at our Gainsborough Afternoon Tea (£40), Early Supper (£36), or Wine & Dine (£70) ticket packages.

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Become a Member

Mary and Margaret Gainsborough, the Artist’s Daughters by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1760-1 Image Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Bequeathed by John Forster.

Enjoy free and unlimited entry to all ticketed exhibitions with no need to book. In addition, Members receive an array of fantastic benefits including special exhibition previews, priority booking and a 10% discount in the Gallery Shops, Portrait Restaurant and Portrait Café.

Membership starts from just £55. Find out more and join online today here.

Patrons enjoy all of the benefits of Membership as well as an exclusive events programme including opening night Private Views and curator-led tours. Find out more and join online today here.

 


Competition

Win a £500 voucher to spend on a luxury cottage break

To celebrate Gainsborough’s Family Album we have partnered with Premier Cottages to offer a break in the countryside.

The lucky winner will receive a £500 voucher to spend on a stay in one of Premier Cottages’ luxury four and five star self-catering properties across the UK and Ireland.

Choose from almost 1,000 outstanding holiday homes ranging from jaw-dropping country house style accommodation to romantic boltholes, family-friendly cottage clusters and glamping options like shepherd’s huts and treehouses.


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Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Fridays until 21.00.
Last admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Gallery closes.
Exiting commences ten minutes before the closing time.

Friday Lates


Enjoy a drink at the bar and music inspired by our exhibitions, join our hugely popular mass art occupation of the Gallery and explore ideas about art, culture and society with our talks programme every Friday until 21.00.

 

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Gainsborough in the Gallery’s collection


Explore the Gallery’s collection of Gainsborough’s paintings and drawings here.