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Dulwich Picture Gallery

January 21st 2013

What: Dulwich Picture Gallery
When: Reopens the 24th January
Where: Gallery Road, SE21 7AD

Dulwich, the jewel in the rough of South London, is one of those places everyone talks about but never really visits, partly because no trains go there and partly because it's just out of the way. The Dulwich Picture House is a bit of an aberration in that sense - a massive gallery with a collection of Old Masters tucked away in a far flung outpost of rural South East London. The gallery is in fact the oldest gallery in England and has a large collection of both Masters and some contemporary art. The history behind the place is that moneybags Edward Alleyn (who seems to have owned the whole of Dulwich by the sound of things) had some art and needed somewhere to put it and as the years progressed other donors added art work. The place is very quiet and peaceful and just be the place for a date if you don't wish to get spotted in central London.

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