BBC One Show highlights Royal Holloway art

Posted on 10/04/2013

TV broadcaster and author, Gyles Brandeth visited Royal Holloway’s Picture Gallery on Tuesday morning to film one of our most famous paintings,  Frith’s  ’ The Railway Station’ for the BBC One Show.

Giles and the team which included Mark Bills, formerly at the Watts Gallery and now director of Gainsborough’s House, spent time with  College Curator,  Dr Laura MacCulloch and were very interested in the picture and Royal Holloway. The show is being aired on Monday 15 April at 7pm.

First exhibited in Haymarket Gallery, London in April 1862, The Railway Station depicts a crowded platform scene at Paddington Station and its appealing characterisation of the Victorian era was the pictorial equivalent of the blockbuster film in its day, earning William Powell Frith a small fortune. Purchased in 1883, the painting made an important addition to the world class picture collection that was the final touch to Holloway's generous endowment to his College.

Laura MacCulloch joined Royal Holloway as Curator in Autumn 2012. Her work focuses on two main areas: preserving and curating Royal Holloway’s collections of art and objets d’arts, and increasing access to the collections for all members of the College, the local community and beyond – both physically and virtually.

Since her arrival, Laura has presented a popular series of talks highlighting the fascinating history behind selected paintings, and she arranged a public open day as part of the BBC Your Paintings events to celebrate the Public Catalogue Foundation’s digitisation of the nation’s pictures in February.

The Picture Gallery is open for public viewing on certain days of the year, and tours can also be arranged by appointment.

For further information please email the College Curator, Dr Laura MacCulloch at

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