Project Overview

We’re delighted to have been selected to design bespoke fine art lighting for a new permanent exhibition at Hever Castle in Kent. Hever Castle LogoThe Long Gallery exhibition, curated by the eminent historian David Starkey, brings together a unique collection of rare portraits tracing the history of the Tudors from the Wars of the Roses to the Reformation.

Picture Lighting for the Long Gallery

The brief

The Long Gallery is the most wonderful space with an amazing 16th century ceiling. The chandeliers were turned on for the photo (and it was a staggeringly bright day) but the space is typically very dark, enabling the very subtly lit pictures to really stand out.

Picture Lighting in the Long Gallery at Hever Castle

Lighting Anne Boleyn

The brief

This iconic painting of Anne Boleyn needs to have just enough light to bring out the detail of her dress and jewellery, whilst very subtly lighting her very pale skin.

LD 82/3 LED spotlight for picture lighting

Miniature but punchy LED spotlight mounted on a curved arm ideal for lighting artwork.  The lens and output is set to match this wonderful portrait while thee fitting itself is finished in a recessive antique bronze.   The picture light fades into the background leaving the picture to take centre stage.

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Lighting Henry VIII

The brief

This richly painted and very famous portrait of Henry VIII looks incredibly sumptuous, with the picture light bringing out the jewels and plush red velvet and fur.  As it’s a larger painting with the subject matter filling the canvas we wanted to ensure a very even coverage of light across the large canvas.

Bespoke ArtView picture light

ArtView is a bespoke picture light made to suit each individual piece.  Each fitting is tailored to the picture it is lighting using custom optics.  Pictures lit with ArtView come to life; the results are stunning and ArtView delivers incredibly even lighting across very large canvases.

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Lighting Margaret Beaufort

The brief

This exquisite but very high contrast painting again needs very careful treatment.  Without sufficient coverage the intricate detail of the background disappears, but the face and starkly white widow’s head dress needs only a tiny amount of light.

LED spotlight for picture lighting

Miniature but punchy LED spotlight mounted on a curved arm ideal for lighting artwork.  The miniature spot pulls out the detail in this exquisite portrait without over-exposing the subject’s features.

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Individually lighting four Tudor portraits as a collection

The brief

This set of four portraits makes a striking grouping.   They are relatively tall and thin so the beam widths on the miniature picture lights were designed accordingly, to give real focus without light spillage on either side.

LED spotlight for picture lighting

Miniature but punchy LED spotlight mounted on a curved arm ideal for lighting artwork. Using individual mini spots enabled us to use specific lenses and set the light levels per portrait to highlight the features and colours unique to that piece.

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