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Dulwich Picture Gallery Visit

26th January 2011

On Wednesday 26th January, our group visited the Dulwich Picture Gallery, a famous south London landmark, built by Sir John Soane in 1811 to house the first public gallery of art in London. The gallery is celebrating its bi-centenary in 2011 by exhibiting, in addition to its permanent collection, a famous masterpiece per month and by showing special exhibitions.

The visit started with a guided tour of the permanent collection which is one of the most important collections of European old master paintings from the 16th and 17th century and includes paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck, Raphael and Veronese, Pousin and Claude. After lunch in a bistro in Dulwich Village, we returned to the gallery to see “Norman Rockwell’s America”: an exhibition of his 323 charming covers for the Saturday Evening Post as well as many of his famous colourful paintings.

What a delightful and memorable visit!

Michaela Howard, Hons. Secretary

February 2011

 


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