Drawn from Life: People on Paper

It begins in the early twentieth century with Gwen John's delicate lines, the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman and the precision of William Roberts. Mid-twentieth-century works include the whimsical lines of George Fullard and John Golding and the bold markings of Frank Auerbach and John Bratby.

The majority are drawn from observation, though some are from memory or imagination; some are unfinished studies while others are finished works in their own right. Perhaps some of the most surprising examples are those from very early on in artists' careers, such as a self-portrait by Richard Hamilton from 1938, the carefully drawn Mrs Ash Asleep by Howard Hodgkin, 1952 and Eduardo Paolozzi's Drawings from Rembrandt, 1945.

The story is brought up to the present with the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson