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September Exhibitions: Guildhall Gallery

Opening this month at London’s Guildhall Gallery is a new free exhibition exploring the 150th anniversary of the first communication cables across the Atlantic.

Victorians Decoded: Art and Telegraphy, which runs until January 2017, is a collaboration between the Guildhall Art Gallery, King’s College London, The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Institute of Making at University College London. Through a showcase of never-before-seen paintings from the City Corporation’s art gallery and work by prominent Victorian artists – as well as displays of rare artefacts from the era – the exhibition will explore how cable telegraphy transformed people’s understanding of time, space and speed of communication.

“Thousands of miles of cable laid beneath the ocean sped up communication in a way that few people – not least, artists – could have ever imagined, forcing them to re-evaluate distance and time,” explains Vicky Carrol, head of the City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Art Gallery. “There is no doubt that telegraphy transformed people’s lives, and Victorians Decoded will aim to convey their sense of excitement and wonder by using art works drawn from significant collections.”

“There is no doubt that telegraphy transformed people’s lives, and Victorians Decoded will aim to convey their sense of excitement and wonder by using art works drawn from significant collections.”

The exhibition will be split into four themed rooms: Distance, Resistance, Transmission and Coding, and will feature the work of artists such as Edward John Poynter, Edwin Landseer, James Clarke Hook, William Logsdail, William Lionel Wyllie and James Tissot.

Special curator talks of the exhibitions will take place on 29 September, 27 October, 24 November, 15 December and 19 January, visit the website for more information.

Victorians Decoded: Art and Telegraphy , 20 September  to 22 January at Guildhall Art Gallery, London EC2V 5AE, 020 7332 3700 www.cityoflondon.gov.uk