Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life

28 February – 19 May 2019

Room 1

Admission free, donations welcome

Discover the daring art of Louis-Leopold Boilly in the first UK exhibition devoted to one of the most important artists of revolutionary France

Working in a polically turbulent Paris, Boilly witnessed the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon, and the Restoration of the French Monarchy.

From controversially seductive interior scenes, which saw him get into trouble with the authorities, to ‘first-of-their-kind’ everyday street scenes and clever trompe l’oeils, this exhibition shows Boilly’s daring responses to the changing political environment and art market he encountered, and highlights his sharp powers of observation and wry sense of humour.

Focusing on 20 works from a British private collection never previously displayed or published, ‘Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life' celebrates an artist who is little known in Britain and provides unparalleled context for our Boilly, A Girl at a Window.

Image above: Louis-Léopold Boilly, 'A Carnival on the Boulevard du Crime', 1832 © The Ramsbury Manor Foundation
Photo © courtesy the Trustees