What to see this week
Face to Face: Portraits from the Andrew Lambirth Collection at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk, until October 16 (01787 372958; www.gainsborough.org). The collection of paintings, drawings and prints that the art critic and author has built up since the 1970s is a testament to what can be achieved on a modest budget. Focusing on works by Modern British artists, it includes a body of self-portraits —both quick studies and formal pictures—by artists ranging from Eileen Agar, Allen Jones and Leon Kossoff, to Augustus John, Walter Sickert and John Nash.
Compass Points at The Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, September 8–14 (01986 783891; www.jjrawlin.com). A selling exhibition of ceramics by four highly respected contemporary potters: William Plumptre, Ashley Howard, Ruthanne Tudball and Chris Prindl. Shared interests, such as Japanese culture, produce very different results in works that show a range of techniques and blending of tradition and modernity. In association with Aldeburgh’s High Tide Festival.
Maggi Hambling—touch: works on paper at the British Museum (Room 90), London WC1; September 8–January 27, 2017 (020–7323 8000; www.britishmuseum.org). Although best known for her paintings, sculpture and installations, Maggi Hambling regards drawing as central to her practice. The British Museum was the first national institution to start collecting her works on paper—powerful drawings and monotypes, many of which have never before been exhibited. This exhibition of 40 works, including loans from other galleries and lenders, ranges from her earliest portrait to examples from her 2015 ‘Edge’ series.