The Tanjore Durbar, Madras, February 1840

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Indian armies, Indian art

Artworks created by Indian artists for the British soldiers serving on the subcontinent provide a fascinating insight into early Anglo-Indian relations.

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Abram Games in his studio, c1941

Abram Games and the power of the poster

Abram Games was 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War. Always direct, and occasionally controversial, his posters have left a legacy that continues to influence the art of persuasion used by visual designers today.

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Abram Games poster, 'Your Britain. Fight for It Now', 1942

Abram Games, ABCA and the fight for post-war change

During the Second World War, Abram Games produced a series of posters for the Army Bureau of Current Affairs. These aimed to remind soldiers what they were fighting for, while also offering a glimpse of the post-war society they could aspire to.

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Lord Strathcona’s Horse on the march, 1918

Beauty in desolation: Munnings and the First World War

In 1918, the artist Alfred Munnings was tasked with recording the wartime contribution of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and Forestry Corps. His paintings highlight the military role of horses, capturing their beauty in the war-affected landscapes of France.

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An unidentified officer of Fencible Cavalry, c1800

Paintings in little

Recent research on the museum's collection of portrait miniatures has revealed new information about artists and untold stories about some of the subjects they portrayed.

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'An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara', 1762

The earliest European view of Niagara

Thomas Davies' watercolour, ‘An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara’ (1762), documents the struggle for control of North America and illuminates the history of British exploration and science.

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Matthew Cook's paint set

Painting in the line of fire

Painting on campaign presents war artists with a number of issues; not least that they are non-combatants in some of the most dangerous environments in the world.

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‘A Welcome Arrival’, 1857

Drawn on the spot: War artists and the illustrated press

In Victorian Britain, it was the news of war rather than the antics of minor entertainment celebrities that boosted sales of newspapers.

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The Tanjore Durbar, Madras, February 1840

Indian armies, Indian art

Artworks created by Indian artists for the British soldiers serving on the subcontinent provide a fascinating insight into early Anglo-Indian relations.

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The Wipers Times: The soldiers' paper

The Wipers Times: The soldiers' paper

'The Wipers Times' was full of dark humour and one of the finest trench publications from the First World War.

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Battle of Isandlwana, 1879

Restoring Isandlwana

'The Battle of Isandlwana' is one of our most popular artworks. But before going on display again, the iconic painting needed some TLC: tender loving conservation!

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The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games
Exhibition

6 April 2019 - 24 November 2019

£6.00

The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games

This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War.

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Airbrush effects
Workshop

25 May 2019 - 28 May 2019

FREE

Airbrush effects

Pick a colour, grab a blow pen and get creative with our giant poster half-term activity.

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Food for thought: Digital poster design
Workshop

29 May 2019

FREE

Food for thought: Digital poster design

Get inspired by the work of Abram Games and use iPads to make a digital poster.

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Poster printing
Workshop

30 May 2019 - 2 June 2019

FREE

Poster printing

Channel your inner graphic designer with this family-friendly print-making workshop.

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Combat Stress exhibition
Exhibition

10 June 2019 - 30 June 2019

FREE

Outlook

This exhibition from Combat Stress features artwork created by veterans as part of their recovery from trauma.

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Curator tour: The art of persuasion
Tour

13 June 2019, 11.00am

£10.50

Curator tour: The art of persuasion

Join a curator on an hour-long guided tour of our special exhibition, 'The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games'.

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Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means
Screening

14 June 2019, 2.00pm

FREE

Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means

Find out more about the life and legacy of Abram Games at this documentary film screening.

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British Sign Language tour: The art of persuasion
Tour

29 June 2019, 2.00pm

£6.00

British Sign Language tour: The art of persuasion

Join Edward Richards for a BSL guided tour of our special exhibition, 'The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games'.

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Curator tour: The art of persuasion
Tour

10 July 2019, 10.30am

£10.50

Curator tour: The art of persuasion

Join a curator on an hour-long guided tour of our special exhibition, 'The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games'.

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The wartime work of Abram Games
Talk

19 July 2019, 11.30am

FREE

The wartime work of Abram Games

Join Naomi Games as she explores her father's wartime work which features in our special exhibition, 'The art of persuasion'.

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Portrait painting: Betty Webb MBE
Workshop

23 July 2019, 6.00pm

£10.00

Portrait painting: Betty Webb MBE

Join Ann Witheridge, the founder of London Fine Art Studios, for this lively portrait painting of Army veteran Betty Webb MBE.

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