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About Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey

In May, enjoy special tours led by Nicholas Penny, the Director of the National Gallery, or Anne Robbins, Assistant Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, of the Gallery's current major exhibition, ‘Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey'.

Director-led tours of ‘Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey'
Sunday 2 May
Sainsbury Wing Exhibition
14:00 and 15:00 - tours last half an hour
 
Curator-led tours of ‘Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey'
Friday 14 May
Sainsbury Wing Exhibition
18:30 and 19:30 - tours last half an hour

Tours last half an hour. To join one of these special tours, book an exhibition ticket for entrance at the times stated above (no extra charge).

Paul Delaroche's ‘The Execution of Lady Jane Grey', is one of the nation's best-loved paintings. It was for a long time lost, until its chance rediscovery and restoration in 1974. ‘Painting History' places this picture in its 19th century French context and examines how artists found dramatic subject matter in English history. The exhibition explores the impact of the theatre on Delaroche's work, and features several of the artist's great historical tableaux, preparatory drawings for ‘Lady Jane' and comparative paintings and prints by his contemporaries.

A Masterpiece Recovered: Delaroche's Charles I Insulted
An accompanying free display showcases another monumental painting by Delaroche, which depicts Charles I before his execution in 1649. Damaged in a bombing raid in 1941 but recently recovered, it is shown halfway through a complicated restoration, complete with shrapnel wounds.