Visit London Blog » delaroche Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Delaroche Masterpiece Recovered for National Gallery Show Thu, 26 Nov 2009 17:06:18 +0000 Paul Delaroche, Charles I Insulted by Cromwell’s Soldiers [detail] 1837. Private collection. © The National Gallery, LondonWhen The National Gallery’s Delaroche exhibition opens in February, the gallery will unveil a newly recovered masterpiece, Delaroche’s Charles I Insulted by Cromwell’s Soldiers, 1837.

The painting used to hang in Bridgewater House in London, and was thought to have been destroyed by a bomb during the Second World War.

But in fact the picture had been evacuated to a country house on the Scottish borders. National Gallery staff were told, “We’ve something rolled up – come up and see it.”

The picture was unrolled for the first time this summer, and was covered with more than 200 cuts caused by shrapnel, which you’ll be able to see at the exhibition.

“For the first time in our history we are showing this picture only partly restored,” says curator Christopher Riopelle. “You will still see the shrapnel wounds.”

Paul Delaroche (1797-1856), The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, 1833. © The National Gallery, LondonThe show will also feature Delaroche’s The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, described by Riopelle as “the most famous and one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery”.

The painting “created a sensation when it was shown at the Salon in Paris,” says Riopelle. “So lifelike was this picture seen to be in 1834, it attracted huge crowds.”

The crush led to the creation of the first-ever museum barrier.

Because of the vivid quality of Lady Jane Grey’s dress, the work will appeal to fashion fans. Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Agent Provocateur have all been inspired by it.

Like the Charles I picture, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey was once thought to have been destroyed, after a flood at the Tate, where it was on show.

We’re looking forward to seeing, in Riopelle’s words, “two of Delaroche’s greatest paintings – both back from the grave”!

Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey is at the National Gallery from 24 February to 23 May 2010.

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Coming Up at London’s Small Galleries: Michelangelo, Cezanne and Paul Nash Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:05:06 +0000 Antonio Montauti, Diana, c.1720-40Yesterday, three of London’s smaller galleries, The Wallace Collection, The Courtauld Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery announced their exhibition programmes for 2010.

Less well-known than many of London’s bigger galleries, these galleries have their work cut out attracting visitors in the difficult economic climate. Happily, they’ve responded to the challenge with gusto, and these exciting exhibitions should attract plenty of attention and visitors:

The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection has been busy refurbishing, creating new galleries, and generally having a bit of a refresh. It’s holding four contemporary exhibitions next year:

  • Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Collection of Peter Marino, 29 Apr-25 Jul 2010
    Exploring the powerful world of bronze sculpture, through the collection of distinguished New York architect Peter Marino
  • Poussin to Seurat: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Scotland, 23 Sep-19 Dec 2010
    Magnificent examples of French drawings including many of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists
  • Shhh, it’s a Secret, 4 Feb-28 Mar
    Curated by twelve local school children, an interactive exhibition, unlocking the secrets behind some of the pieces from the permanent collection
  • Delaroche Paintings, 24 Feb-23 May
    A special display of Paul Delaroche paintings to complement the new major exhibition at the National Gallery, Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey.

The Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld Gallery also have some big names in their upcoming exhibitions:

  • Michelangelo’s Dream, 18 Feb-16 May 2010
    Examining Michelangelo’s celebrated drawing, The Dream of Human Life, this exhibition also looks at closely related drawings by Michelangelo, as well as letters and poems by the artist
  • The Courtauld Collects: 20 Years of Acquisitions, 17 Jun-19 Sep 2010
    A celebration of the rich selection of works acquired by The Courtauld over the last 20 years
  • Cézanne’s Card Players, 21 Oct-16 Jan 2010
    The first exhibition to bring together the majority of Cézanne’s beautiful paintings of peasants playing cards. It also explores closely related paintings by Cézanne

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Paul Nash, Landscape from a Dream, 1936-8, Oil on canvas, 67.9 x 101.6cm, Tate, London. © Tate, London, 2009.jpgSituated in leafy Dulwich, take the chance to get out of Central London and visit this historic building. It’s only 12 minutes from Victoria by train!

  • Paul Nash, the Elements, 10 Feb-9 May 2010
    Examining Paul Nash’s work by theme, including landscapes as well as classic images of both World Wars
  • The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art, 9 Jun-22 Aug
    Andrew Wyeth was loved by the American public, but less well received by the critics. See his work, alongside that of his father, son and sister in this exhibition
  • Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness and Magic, 15 Sep-28 Nov
    Brooding, dark and expressive paintings by rebellious artist and poet Salvator Rosa

Dulwich Picture Gallery is celebrating its bicentenary next year – so watch this space for news of how they’ll be marking the occasion.

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