Taking as its focus our newly-acquired sketchbook, which was completed by Sir Joshua Reynolds between 1750-52, this display investigates what attracted the young artist to Italy and the lasting influence his tour had on his life and art.

Scroll through a digital version of our sketchbook and see what caught Reynolds’ eye as he sketched his way across Rome.

Discover why Italy’s art, history and landscape has had such an enduring influence on centuries of artistic imagination.

Featuring works by Wilson, Guardi and Northcote, plus supporting loans from the De Pass Collection at the Royal Cornwall Museum and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, join us for a journey to la bella Italia.

Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Admission free