The Private Made Public

Included in your ticket to Vanessa Bell or the Permanent Collection.

As part of the Gallery’s bicentenary celebrations, enjoy a series of displays throughout the year that reflect the Gallery’s founding principle of bringing great works into the public realm.

Join Assistant Curator Helen Hillyard in our video below and step back in time to meet our fist visitors...

The First Visitors

Tuesday 14 March - Sunday 4 June 2017

Learn more about a typical visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery in the 19th century. James Stephanoff’s watercolour The Viewing at Dulwich Picture Gallery, c. 1830 is the earliest known view of the Gallery’s interior and gives an indication of what visitors may have encountered upon their arrival. See an example of an early Gallery handbook, as well as an original visitor book that all entrants were required to sign. The books bear the signatures of both local residents and contemporary celebrities, including: Claude Monet, Walter Sickert, Rodin, Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf.

As part of The Private Made Public, we're asking you to tell us about your favourite work from our Collection. Click here to join our list of famous visitors from the past 200 years and become part of our Gallery Voices project.

Future displays:

Antonio de Pereda, Two Figures at a Kitchen Table
6 June - 8 October 2017

A masterpiece of seventeenth century Spanish still life brought to the public from the private apartments at Penrhyn Castle, National Trust, Gwynedd, Wales.

Jacopo Bassano, The Adoration of Kings
10 Oct 2017 - 21 Jan 2018

Usually accessible by appointment only in Burghley House in Lincolnshire, this dazzling renaissance treasure will be given the spotlight in Dulwich for a new London audience.

The Private Made Public series is a part of Dulwich Picture Gallery's 2017 Appeal. Help us conserve, transport and display these works. 

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Image Credit: James Stephanoff, The Viewing at Dulwich Picture Gallery, watercolour on paper, c. 1830, By Permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

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Event details

Start date
14 March 2017
End date
21 January 2018
10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday (Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays)
Included in your ticket to the Permanent Collection: Adults £8, Senior citizens £7, Free for unemployed, disabled, students and under 18s