Sign up to our mailing list

We are glad you're enjoying our site, please sign up to our mailing list to receive the latest news and events listing.


Sketches by Sir James Thornhill in the Painted Hall

6 August 2022 - 8 January 2023
Tickets: £Included in Painted Hall ticket price
Painted Hall

Book now Plan A Visit

As part of your visit to the Painted Hall enjoy the chance to see four rarely seen early 18th-century sketches showing Thornhill’s early designs for the Painted Hall and for Headley Park House in Hampshire.

These lively sketchbook drawings in brown ink and pencil show Thornhill exploring grand themes, such as the triumph of peace and liberty over tyranny and arbitrary power. Key elements of the Lower Hall ceiling design, and compositional elements of the West Wall of the Painted Hall, begin to emerge, influenced in part by other Baroque artists of the period, the Italian Antonio Verrio and the French decorative painters Charles Le Brun and Louis Laguerre.

The sketches will be on display in the Vestibule area of the Painted Hall.