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The novel 'Framed', which features National Gallery paintings, is a great resource for an English, drama or art project.

Paintings from the National Gallery Collection are integral to the novel 'Framed' by the award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The novel has inspired schools across the UK to produce project work in art, English and drama.

Framed: Synopsis of the novel 'Framed'

A synopsis of the novel 'Framed' by Frank Cottrell Boyce
A synopsis of the novel 'Framed' – 1 min


A synopsis of the novel 'Framed', by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Narrator: The book 'Framed', by Frank Cottrell Boyce, is set in a tiny Welsh village called Manod.

When the National Gallery is under threat from flooding, the paintings are sent to Manod to be stored in the local slate mine for safe (or not so safe, as it turns out) keeping.

Specific National Gallery paintings are woven through the narrative, which centres on 10-year-old Dylan and his family, who live above the village's garage.


Get inspired

The characters, storyline and setting are all potential sources of inspiration, as are the National Gallery paintings featured in the book. See pupils' project work.