Russell's women - female portraits by John Russell RA
This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see Russell's female portraits presented together with a fresh view on their interpretation.
Russell was born in Guildford and the town is home to the largest collection of Russell portraits in the UK. Of the 40 John Russell portraits in the Guildford Museum and Gallery collections, 19 depict women and girls.
Our exhibition focuses on John Russell's paintings of female subjects. It takes a closer look at how Russell chose to depict them, and whether this was influenced by 18th century attitudes to women and girls.