Pictures Galleries for the People

One of the many odd things about London is the lack of tube stations/ trains on the south side of the Thames. Instead, we have to take trains and buses. In the tube you maybe have to wait 5 minutes for a train to arrive whereas the trains in South London come much less often (more like 15-20 minutes): Similar, but not the same as the tube.  The Oyster card luckily works for all of them.

 

So for this weeks adventure- I went south of the river! A bit dangerous and unheard of for someone who’s living in the North.

 

Dulwich Picture Gallery

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The building was designed specifically to hold an art collection.  The collection was actually offered to Parliament for ‘the Nation.’ They declined to take it- although they would later take the collections that founded the British Museum and the National Gallery.

 

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The building was designed by the eminent architect of the day- Sir John Soane (his home is actually a museum as well!).  The museum is pretty small and manageable to visit.

 

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Its collection is of European paintings and decor from the 16th century onwards.  They’ve got a selection of Dutch, English, Italian, French and Spanish Masters. So you can see works by Rembrandt, Velasquez, Poussin, and Reynolds among many other big names.

 

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It’s lovely to visit for a nice relaxing hour or two.  The museum features rotating special exhibitions (I didn’t go to see the current one).  The surrounding grounds are nice to stroll through.

 

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Rating: 3/5

Pros: This is a unique version of an aristocrats painting collection, it’s a nice small size, lovely cafe, nice shop, friendly staff, lots of seating area

Cons: The labelling is for each piece but doesn’t put the collection in context, it’s a bit far out (although that could be a pro!), not the best for kids

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