Principal reason though was to meet up with a fellow art appreciator and conversationalist in a pleasant arena and the criteria was well met .
Dulwich gallery is one of the oldest public galleries - it's history predates that of The National Gallery, it opened to the public in 1817 and until 1994 was under the control of the famous Dulwich College.
|The building was paired down to limit the expense but Soane's style remains recognisable|
The architect for the Gallery was Sir John Soane (he of Soane House) and it really does work well even now - nice too that the works are not obtrusively protected or behind glass.
|Uses natural overhead light|
|The framing of Nicolas Poussin (a Fragment)|
I was much taken by the room given over to works by Nicolas Poussin - an artist I've not really appreciated, the fragment above (part of a larger work) makes for a contemporary view- John who was with likened it to a 'Close-Up'.
Nice to see lots of work by Cuyp too - although some was more appealing to me than others.
|Cuyp's River Landscape|
I like seeing work by British artists like Gainsborough (one very reminiscent of Mr and Mrs Andrews) and plenty of continental artists, including (of course) Canaletto.
|A view of Walton Bridge by Canaletto|
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