Best exhibitions to see this Christmas

Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City. An exhibition displaying the sumptuous robes and accessories worn by the emperors and empresses of the Qing Dynasty. At the V & A, Cromwell Road, South Kensington. Until 27th Feb. 02079422000.

New Works by sculptor Richard W Boardman and painter Patrice Lombardi at the Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London W1 9 December to 4 January

Titian at Home – Recent Paintings by Alec Cobbe at Rafael Valls, 6 Ryder Street, St.James’s, London SW1Y. Until 21 Dec. Tel: 0207 930 1144

Exhibition of elaborate Baroque costumes designed and made by students from Wimbledon College of Art at Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2 until 18 Dec.

Maryam Amiryani – eleven paintings. At Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 from 9-24 Dec.

Eileen Cooper RA – Collages – in the Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends at the Royal Academy of Arts until 16 Mar.

Paintings by Steven Outram, Ron Bone, Austin Moseley and Mary Carter at Llewellyn Alexander, 124-6 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 from 13 Dec to 5 Jan. 020 7620 1322

Norman Rockwell’s America – works by the most famous American illustrator of the 20th century at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21 from 15 Dec to 27 Mar. 020 8693 5254

Small is Beautiful XXVIII – annual end of year exhibition in which a group of artists are invited to submit work in any medium not exceeding 9×7 inches. Eminent figures such as magi Hambling and Alison Watt join acclaimed gallery artists including Nicola Hicks, and Tai-Shan Schierenberg to show alongside established and emerging artists and selected recent graduates. At Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1 from 15 Dec to 8 Jan. 020 7439 7766

Camden Town and Beyond – a new display marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Camden Town group, focusing on leading members of the group which flourished around 1911-1912 in a display of 16 portraits. At the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2.

Mixed winter exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures from a varied selection of artists, including Darren Baker (artist of official 85th birthday portrait of the Queen), Colin Taylor, and Gwynn Jones at Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art Gallery, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester until 29 Jan. 0161 446 4880

Winter: annual exhibition with work in a range of styles and media by English, Scottish and Irish artists including Matthew Draper, Charles Hardaker, Joe Hargan, Mike Healey, Lesley McLaren, John Piper, Bill Selby and David Schofield. At Red Rag Gallery, Stow on the Wold until 5 Jan. 01451 832563

Christmas Exhibition at James Harvey British Art, 15 Langton Street, London SW10 until 21 Dec.

Paintings by Jeroen Krabbe at Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 until 24 Feb.

Albert Irvin RA: The Complete Prints and Spoilt for Choice: Prints from Advanced Graphics London, at Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG until 24 Dec and from 4-21 Jan.

Journeys: an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Anne Magill at Heartbreak, 17 Bulstrode Street, London W1 from 10 Dec to 16 Jan.

One man show by Lincoln Seligman, who became an international name in the 1970s making sculptures and giant suspended mobiles and has made the world’s largest glass sculpture (in the Swire’s Festival Walk building in Hong Kong).  This show is a travelogue and features his paintings done from Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, New York South Carolina and many parts of Europe.  At The Dollar Street Gallery, 34-6 Dollar Street, Cirencester until 24 Dec.

A Victorian Christmas at Windsor Castle – special displays and activities at Windsor Castle from 10 Dec to 5 Jan.

Cabinet: works by artists including Rupert Gatfield, Barry McGlashan, Olivia Musgrave, Keith Rand and Julian Wild at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 from 13 to 23 Dec.

Solo show of new work by Sue Bartlett at Modern Artists Gallery, High Street, Whitchurch on Thames, Berks from 11-24 Dec.

 Surreal Friends: Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich until 12 Dec. 01603 593199

Francis Hamel – Italian Formal Gardens and their Landscapes at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 from 24 Nov-11 Dec.

Michael Lloyd: Twelve Vessels – works in silver, at Dovecot, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh from 9 Nov to 11 Dec.

Portraits by Diarmuid Kelley at Offer Waterman, 11 Langton Street, London SW10 from12 Nov to 11 Dec. 020 7351 0068

Stephen Chambers – One And A Half Corners, at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1 until 11 Dec.

Sacred Faces – Icons in Oxford. This exhibition will show Greek and Russian icons from the Picture Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum which are normally not on view. At Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford until 22 Dec. 01865 276172
Indian Miniatures from the James Ivory Collection at Francesca Galloway, 31 Dover Street, London W1 until 17 Dec.  

Feuilles D’Etudes – selected studies on paper ranging from a rare early work by 17th century artist Charles Le Brun to a study of a figure for the decoration of a chapel at the church of St Severin, Paris by 19th century artist Victor-Francois Biennoury, at Didier Aaron, Clifford House, 15 Clifford Street, London W1 until 17 Dec.
Field Works: photographs from East Anglia by Justin Partyka at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, London E1 until 18 Dec.

William Pye: Sculpture. A much anticipated overview of Pye’s work and includes his well-known water pieces as well as a series of previously unseen bronzes which highlight Pye’s skill as a sculptor of both the miniature and the monumental. At Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London and Osbourne Samuel, 23a Bruton Street, London. Until 24th Dec. 02075201480.

Poussin to Seurat: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Scotland at the Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1 until 19 Dec.

Against Mussoline – Art and the Fall of a Dictator at Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 until 19 Dec. 020 7704 9522

Working the Land – paintings by Suffolk artist Harry Becker (1865-1928), the second of two shows exploring the East Anglian rural tradition at Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk until 18 Dec. 01787 372958

Creation Condemned – new work by Mat Collishaw at Blain/Southern, 21 Dering Street, London W1 until 17 Dec. 07584 199500

Thomas Bewick; Tale Pieces – the first exhibition to be devoted entirely to the vignettes of the British wood engraver. The engravings demonstrate Bewick’s fascination with the natural world. At Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria until 18 Dec.

The Paintings of David Fowkes organized by Kentmere House Gallery, at The King’s Manor, Exhibition Square, York until 17 Dec. 01904 656507

Christine Keeler; My Life in Pictures – at The Mayor Gallery, 22a Cork Street, London W1 from 3 Nov to 17 Dec.

Stephen Farthing RA; The Back Story – a selection of drawings and large scale paintings made since 2005, shown as part of the Artists’ Laboratory programme at the Royal Academy, Weston Rooms, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, LondonW1 until 19 Dec.

Exhibition showing works by Rodin, Laurens, Cordier and Winifred Turner to mark opening of a new second gallery devoted to 19th and early 20th century European sculpture: Robert Bowman, Duke Street St James’s, London SW1 until 17 Dec.

The Winter Visitor and other recent Drawings by Lewis Chamberlain; at James Hyman Gallery, 5 Savile Row, London W1 until 18 December. 020 7494 3857

Titian at Home – Recent Paintings by Alec Cobbe at Rafael Valls, 6 Ryder Street, St.James’s, London
SW1Y until 21 Dec. Tel: 0207 930 1144

Su Blackwell – Happily Ever After – intricate works of art made from everyday objects, transforming clothes and books into fantastical 3d forms. At Long & Ryle, 4 John Islip Street, London SW1 until 17 Dec. 020 7834 1434

Michael Taylor – recent paintings at Waterhouse & Dodd, 26 Cork Street, London W1 until 17 Dec.

Christopher Miers; new paintings at Oakham Contemporary, 27 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 17th December.

Susan Rosenberg – Water: Recent painting 2010, at the Millinery Works Gallery, 85-7 Southgate Road, Islington, London N1 until 22 Dec.