What to see this week

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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.

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