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Seen and Heard: Victorian Children in the Frame

The Music Lesson


​Guildhall Art Gallery
(off Gresham Street)
London EC2V 5AE

Opening hours

​​Mon - Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12noon-4pm

£TBC | 23 November - May 2019

​Throughout the 19th century, attitudes towards children changed across the whole of society.

Traditionally seen as small adults, they came to be viewed with greater empathy and in need of special protection, whatever their background. Seen simply as children, with a right to play, learn and explore. The concept of childhood became popular with artists and art enthusiasts alike. Depictions of childhood innocence and domestic happiness provided a welcome distraction from the turbulence of an ever-changing world and artists did not shy away from portraying the full range of emotions connected to childhood and parenting.

In an exhibition that features rarely-seen works from Guildhall Art Gallery’s collection, escape the perils of modern life to discover the light and shade of the Victorian art of childhood.


As part of the exhibition, Guildhall Art Gallery will be holding a number of events, including a Late Night, talks, family events and more. Check back to find our what's on.


Curator Talks

Join exhibition curator for a tour of the exhibition. Learn more about the works, the themes in the art, and the artists themselves. Talks are FREE with exhibition entry, just turn up.

Times: Wednesdays 1pm

Upcoming Dates:

  • 5 December
  • 9 January
  • 6 February
  • 6 March
  • 3 April
  • 24 April

Family Events

Keep the children entertained with FREE family events every second Saturday of the month. As part of the exhibition offer, all under 12s will be allowed to bring an accompanying adult to the exhibition for free.

Times: Saturdays 10am-4pm

  • 8 December
  • 12 January
  • 9 February
  • 9 March
  • 13 April