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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.

Mrs Russell and child
John Russell RA (1745-1806) was a famous pastel artist and "Painter to King George III". He was one of the leading portrait painters of his time, and pictured people from all walks of life, from quirky local characters to celebrities and royalty.

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.

Free entry.

Rebekha Gines