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Time and Line

Now on display in Gallery Seven

1 Marion Borgelt, 2001 Cherry Hood. © Cherry Hood/Copyright Agency, 2022. 2 Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages. © Jenny Sages.

Be drawn in to the diversity and longevity of drawing as an intimate and affecting portrait medium. Encompassing the 1820s to the 2020s, Time and Line showcases the depth and extent of our drawing collection – from intricate miniatures in watercolour on ivory to big, bold, contemporary drawings by artists such as Jenny Sages, Charles Blackman and Cherry Hood.

56 portraits

1 Untitled (portrait of Barbara Blackman), 1976 Charles Blackman OBE. © Charles Blackman/Copyright Agency, 2022. 2 Gamaliel Butler, c. 1810 an unknown artist.
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