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We are welcoming residents back to our museum with a fantastic exhibition dedicated to the stunning work of John Russell (1745-1806).

The ‘John Russell, A Georgian Portrait Painter at Work’ exhibition opens on Wednesday 26 May at 12pm and runs throughout the summer until 9 October 2021. The show introduces John Russell and his working practices through a small selection of his pastel portraits.

The display includes activities for families inviting visitors to look more closely at the paintings and paint a portrait of their own.

John Russell RA was renowned for pastel portraiture in the late 1700s and an appointed painter to King George III. He was born in Guildford in 1745. His father was town Mayor five times, and he attended the Royal Grammar School.

He captured images of people from all walks of life, from quirky local characters, sober citizens, celebrities of the day and royalty. We hold one of the largest collections of John Russell’s work in the UK.

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Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday:  12noon – 4.30pm

Admission: Free entry

For more information on the exhibitions and other programmes please contact heritageservices@guilford.gov.uk or like and follow us on social media.

Later in the year, a partner to the museum exhibition, a show entitled ‘Georgian Women, Portraits by John Russell’ will open at Guildford House Gallery.

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