Friday, November 23, 2012


Thursday 29 November, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

A Long Apprenticeship: Thomas Gainsborough's Early Work

In this illustrated presentation, visiting British specialist Hugh Belsey looks at the early work of Thomas Gainsborough. Gainsborough was one of England's leading portrait painters in the 18th century, and his work is featured in Angels & Aristocrats.
Thomas Gainsborough, George Lavington, Bishop of Exeter, 1760s, oil on canvas. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Hugh Belsey is Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. He is an internationally recognised expert on Gainsborough and is currently completing the definitive catalogue of his portraits. This work has brought him to New Zealand.

Te Papa, Soundings Theatre, Level 2

Cost: Public/Guest $15, Friends of Te Papa $10

For tickets, phone the Friends of Te Papa on (04) 381 7051.

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