Python to launch rail exhibition.
Art In The Age Of Steam aims to capture the excitement of the steam train in art, from its earliest days, through the boom years of Victorian railways, to the end of the line in the 1960s.
The 64-year-old actor and travel presenter will officially open the exhibition at an exclusive event at the William Brown Street gallery on April 17.
A self-confessed childhood train spotter, Palin has two trains named after him in recognition of his journeys by rail.
Art In The Age Of Steam, which runs from April 18 to August 10, is the most wide-ranging exhibition yet held to look at how artists responded to the impact steam trains had on landscape and society.
They include The Railway by Edouard Manet, La Crau from Mont majour with train by Van Gogh and four paintings by Claude Monet.
They have been donated by galleries from cities including Washington DC, London and Ottawa.