Exploring Lines: the Drawings of Sir James Thornhill

A display illustrating the work of Sir James Thornhill, and his process of developing and drawing intricate designs for his mural paintings

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  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Gallery 102, Leighton

  • Free event

Exploring Lines: the Drawings of Sir James Thornhill photo

Sir James Thornhill was one of the most renowned artists of early 18th-century Britain whose mural paintings adorned the walls and ceilings of prestigious buildings throughout the country. Focusing on the role that drawing played in Thornhill’s practice, this display explores how he used sketches and more considered worked up designs to develop his creative ideas.

Background image: Sir James Thornhill (1675-1734), Design for a ceiling painting, possibly for the Upper Hall at Greenwich Hospital, about 1707, black chalk, pen, ink and wash on paper, E.5199-1919