Special lecture: Hugh Belsey, MBE on Gainsborough's portraits

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Hugh Belsey


Portraiture expert Hugh Belsey presents new discoveries that unravel the mysteries behind the portraits of Thomas Gainsborough.

Hugh has played a vital role as an art detective, sorting out originals from copies and fakes, as well as writing extensively about Gainsborough's paintings.

Tuesday 4 December - 6pm

Cost: $10. Phone 09 307 4540 to book or buy tickets online via Eventfinda



Hugh Belsey held the post of Curator of Gainsborough's House in Sudbury for 23 years. During his time there the collections were transformed and when he left he was awarded an MBE.

Hugh is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and is writing the definitive catalogue of portraits by Thomas Gainsborough.

He lectures widely in Britain, Continental Europe, America and Australia. He frequently writes exhibition and book reviews, articles for a variety of periodicals in the UK and America, and was a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of Art and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.



Date & Time

Tuesday 4 December 6pm


Auditorium, Lower ground floor


  • Wheelchair access available
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