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RA tours: all in a day’s work


Friday 25 October 2019
3 — 4pm

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Sir John Gilbert RA, Rembrandt painting a portrait, 1860.

Pen and ink with wash over pencil on wove paper. 234 mm x 302 mm. Royal Academy of Arts.

Explore the everyday working lives of Royal Academy artists, past and present, in this free hour-long tour.

Join one of our knowledgeable guides and explore the materials and processes of some of the Royal Academy’s key artists. Why didn’t Gainsborough paint his landscapes en plein air? What is the relationship between an artist and his framer? Why is copying a painting so important?

Tours are free, but spaces are limited. Please meet in the front hall of Burlington Gardens and ask a staff member for more information.

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Friday 25 October 2019

3 — 4pm

Meet in Front Hall of Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

Free, no booking required.