In Pictures: Queen's House In Greenwich Reopens

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In Pictures: Queen's House In Greenwich Reopens

The Queen's House in Greenwich has opened, following 14 months of closure for head-to-toe renovation.

One of the biggest changes to Inigo Jones's palladian villa is a new ceiling artwork by the Turner-winning Richard Wright.

Working on the huge gilded ceiling of the Great Hall, in preparation for Wright's artwork.

Wright's untitled gold leaf design reflects the influence of Inigo Jones's painted, carved and gilded ceilings, as well as the house's elegant wrought-iron Tulip Stairs.

He's the first artist to work on the house's ceiling in almost 400 years.

Richard Wright poses on the steps of the Queen's House.

One installation that'll have historians salivating is that of the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. Four and a quarter centuries old, and once belonging to Sir Francis Drake, the painting will now reside in the area of London where Elizabeth was born and played as a child.

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In all, some 450 maritime artworks are on display at the Queen's House, including A View of Greenwich from the River by Canaletto, The Flagmen of Lowestoft portraits by Peter Lely, Captain Lord George Graham in his Cabin by William Hogarth and View of Deptford Power Station from Greenwich by LS Lowry (one of the Lancashire artist's few London-centric paintings).

View of Deptford Power Station from Greenwich, by LS Lowry.

The Queen's House is open daily, 10am-5pm. Entry is free.

Last Updated 11 October 2016