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Paintings on Loan

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Dulwich Picture Gallery lends paintings from the permanent collection on a short-term basis for exhibitions and on a long-term basis to Historic properties at the discretion of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery.  We have several paintings on long-term loan to the National Trust; 47 at Tredegar House and 22 at Osterley Park.

Paintings on Loan to Exhibitions

DPG580 William Hogarth, Portrait of a ManDPG588 Thomas Gainsborough, A Couple in A Landscape and DPG171 Richard Wilson, View of Tivoli: The Cascatelle and the Villa of Maecenas

On loan to The Fondazione Roma Museo, Rome, for the exhibition 'Hogarth, Reynolds, Turner: British Painting and the Rise of Modernity.' Exhibition Dates: 15 April 2014 – 20 July 2014


DPG156 Jean-Antoine Watteau Les Plaisirs du Bal and DPG167 Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Pater Fete Champetre 

On loan to the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, for the exhibition ‘Jean-Antoine Watteau et le Fête Galante’.  Exhibition Dates: 14 March 2014 - 21 July  2014


DPG328 Claude-Joseph Vernet, Italian Landscape 

On loan to the Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Cardifff, for the exhibition,‘Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting’. Exhibition Dates: 5 July 2014 - 29 October 2014


Strawberry Hill House and Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dorothy, Viscountess Townshend by Charles Jervas, c.1718 (DPG567), is currently on long-term loan to Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham.

Strawberry Hill was the summer villa of Horace Walpole (1717-97) the son of Britain’s first Prime Minister, who was a prominent politician, antiquarian and collector. Built in a pioneering Gothic Revival style between 1748 and 1790, Walpole’s ‘plaything house’ displayed his impressive and eclectic collection of art, antiquities and curiosities, and welcomed many distinguished guests, as well as visiting tourists. After Walpole’s death in 1797, the house and collection passed on to his descendants, and in 1842 the collection was dispersed world-wide in a sale that lasted thirty days.

The house recently underwent a two-year restoration project with the aim of restoring the majority of the interiors to their original condition as Walpole would have experienced them. Using the catalogue Walpole wrote for his own collection in 1774 as a guide, the Strawberry Hill Trust is currently endeavouring to return as many items from the original collection as possible, either through acquisitions or long-term loans.

Dulwich is therefore delighted to be able to lend Dorothy, Viscountess Townshend, a portrait of the great aunt of Walpole, to Strawberry Hill so that it can return to its original position in the Great Parlour, where Walpole displayed the portraits of his family as well as some of his closest friends.

Another painting in the Horace Walpole collection, now at Dulwich is Lely’s Boy as a Shepherd, c.1659 (DPG563) which once hung in the Breakfast Room in Strawberry Hill.