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The latest exhibitions at Mercer Gallery in Harrogate explore the interplay between painting and photography. Works on show range from rarely-exhibited 19th Century portraits by the great Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, to major works by contemporary Yorkshire photographers.

Selected from Harrogate's Fine Art Collection, a rich variety of artworks reveals how the invention of photography in the 1830s shook painting to its foundations and encouraged one artist to declare: “From today, painting is dead”. Highlights include a charming portrait by the renowned Victorian artist G F Watts, and ‘Silver Moonlight’ by the Leeds born painter John Atkinson Grimshaw.

Don't forget the Mercer Art Gallery shop for unique books, cards, jewellery and contemporary art at affordable prices.

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Alternatively you can email at or telephone on 01423 556188.

Invitation to enter work for the Mercer Gallery's 2019 Open exhibition

Preparations are now underway for our Autumn Open exhibition, which this year runs from Saturday 12 October to Saturday 11 January.

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