Robert Braithwaite Martineau, ‘The Last Day in the Old Home’ 1862
Robert Braithwaite Martineau
The Last Day in the Old Home 1862

This display looks at the representation of the family in British art over 400 years. It includes public displays of genealogy, depictions of private relationships, idealised visions of domesticity and images of the fragmented reality that is sometimes family life. The images suggest both the strength and fragility of the family home, and the bonds linking generations. From ancestral portraits to conversation pieces and family photographs, art has been used over the centuries both to celebrate and to question familial values.

This display has been devised by curators Greg Sullivan and Tabitha Barber, assisted by Ruth Kenny, as part of the Great British Art Debate. It is based on an exhibition devised by Norwich Castle Museum.

The Great British Art Debate is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

View the artworks in this display