Louis-Leopold Boilly worked in a turbulent Paris during the French Revolution, witnessing the rise and fall of Napoleon and the restoration of the French monarchy.
This one-room exhibition is the first of its kind in the country, showcasing twenty works that have never previously been displayed or even published.
You'll see some of his controversial seductive scenes, which landed him in trouble with the authorities, to his everyday street scenes that were the first of their kind. The highlight of the exhibition are his clever and daring trompe l'oeils, where he used his sharp observations and wry sense of humour to respond to the changing political environment.
Craig’s review of National Gallery – “Do you know what the nicest thing about the National Gallery in the evening is? -- the peace and quiet. I was walking here from Leicester Square five minutes ago and it was all busy busy busy. Pavements heaving, people jostling bustling barging elbows out, running everywhere, cars all over the place, sirens blaring. And then you walk through the gallery double doors a… continued”
Sorolla — Spanish Master of Light – 18 Mar to 7 Jul 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on a rare exhibition of sixty works by the Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla
Sean Scully — Sea Star – 13 Apr to 11 Aug 2019 – Sean Scully's new work on display at the National Gallery was inspired by JMW Turner's atmospheric painting The Evening Star.
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Jesse Darling — The Ballad of Saint Jerome – 22 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Jesse Darling uses the legend of Saint Jerome to create works about control, captivity and the subjugation of others.
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Burne-Jones exhibition, at Tate Britain – 24 Oct 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Tate Britain will be putting on a retrospective of work by the last of the Pre-Raphaelites, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones.
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy National Gallery then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Temple), National Portrait Gallery (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Academy of Arts (you can walk it 10 mins), Tate Britain (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Bond Street)