Great Masters

Works of art by the Great Masters don't just influence and inspire us, they also tell us a lot about the period they were painted in. Discover some of the amazing art we have on display - from George Stubbs's 18th century depictions of a kangaroo and a dingo, to J.M.W. Turner's famous depiction of the Battle of Trafalgar. 

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Did you know that Stubbs's iconic image of a kangaroo was modelled using a stuffed or inflated pelt?

Painted by much-loved English artist L.S. Lowry in 1959, Deptford Power Station is shown with its chimneys belching black smoke into a pale sky. 

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The work of the renowned 18th-century Italian artist Canaletto, this beautiful painting of Greenwich Hospital and the Queen’s House may have been commissioned by British Consul Joseph Smith for his residence on the Venice Grand Canal, where he entertained many English Grand Tourists.

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The Sea Maidens is a medium-sized oil painting (818 x 1428 mm) by Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919), completed in 1886. It is hung in the Queen’s House, below a portrait of Queen Victoria (1842) by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, courtesy of the de Morgan Foundation.

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The Moon and its light have inspired illustrations, paintings, and woodblock printings. Discover this connective force in art through the artworks of Turner, Rubens, Yoshitoshi and many more.

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Alan Villiers was a distinguished sailor, author and photographer. His work vividly records the period of early 20th century maritime history.

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The artist William Hodges accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage to the Pacific in 1772-74. 

Officer looking through a periscope (from the 'Submarines' series) by Eric Ravilious

Eric Ravilious was an English painter, designer, book illustrator and wood engraver. Our art collections include his famous ‘Submarine Series’.

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