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Welcome to the Wonder Walls collection

Published30th May 2019

A who’s who of great artists will feature in a new “salon-style” exhibition at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion.

Wonder Walls, which opens on Saturday, shows off some of the Museums Service’s impressive collection, with a visual delight of landscapes, portraits and local scenes dating back 600 years.

Works by John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and Thomas Churchyard will vie for attention with 48 other artists, including Maggi Hambling, Carl Giles and Harry Becker.

While many of the 76 works displayed are familiar favourites, there are many works on display that have not been seen in public for many years. The earliest painting on display is The Entombment of Christ c.1400

Wonder Walls is the first “salon-style” hang in the Wolsey Art Gallery. 

Originating in 17th Century France, the salon-style became a way of displaying large numbers of paintings submitted to the annual Royal Academy show. They would be hung floor to ceiling with the largest paintings at the top. It is still popular today as a means of showing eclectic collections in galleries, restaurants or people’s homes.

Councillor Carole Jones, Museums portfolio-holder, said: “This exhibition is a direct response to visitors asking to see more of our wonderful art collection. This is a great opportunity to see many great works of art, painted in different periods and styles. Wonder Walls follows the success of Rodin’s Kiss & Tell and we hope lots of people will come and see this exciting Ipswich exhibition.”

Wonder Walls is on in the Mansion’s Wolsey Art Gallery from 1st June. Entry is free.