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The fascination of house fronts: Where We Live at Millennium Gallery reviewed

5 February 2022

9:00 AM

5 February 2022

9:00 AM

Where We Live

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, until 5 June

Paintings of houses go back a long way in British art: the earliest landscape in Tate Britain is a late 17th-century view of an estate in Belsize Park by the inventor of the country-house portrait, Jan Siberechts. The genre quickly became déclassé. By the 18th century Thomas Gainsborough was painting peasant cottages; by the 20th, Algernon Newton had turned his attention to middle-class villas on London’s canals.

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