Dulwich Picture Gallery
Perhaps not as well known as some of the larger London Galleries, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which is situated in South London, is the oldest public art gallery in England. The gallery was established as a charitable foundation by the actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Edward Alleyn in the early 17th century.
The acquisition of artworks by its founders and bequests from its many patrons has resulted in the Dulwich Picture Gallery holding one of the country’s finest collections of Old Masters, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from Tudor times to the 19th century.
The current building was opened to the public in 1817 and was designed by the Regency architect Sir John Soane using an innovative and influential method of illumination. The Gallery currently houses a collection of over 600 works including Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and Canaletto.
Go to www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk for details of the collection, opening times and the exact location of the Gallery.
The nearest accommodation is the Coach House B&B www.coachhouse.chslondon.com