Dulwich Picture Gallery
Just 12 minutes from Central London by train lies England’s very first purpose built public art gallery. Founded in 1811 and designed by Regency architect Sir John Soane, the Gallery is arranged as a series of interlinked rooms illuminated naturally through skylights – a concept that had an enduring influence on art gallery design. The Gallery houses one of the country’s finest collections of Old Masters, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from Tudor times to the 19th century. Famous works include those by Rembrandt, Canaletto, Poussin, Murillo, Rubens and Gainsborough.