April to September
Dulwich Picture Gallery and Bell House
(Open to all)
Camille Pissarro’s impressionist oil painting Dulwich College (1871) is on loan from Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse, to the Dulwich Picture Gallery between April and September; several of our Art and History pupils will be engaged in its curation. The painting of the then new Barry Buildings, one of the very first in London to make such magnificent use of terracotta, was painted while Pissarro was living in Upper Norwood; he had left Paris as a result of the Franco-Prussian War. It shows the palatial Barry Buildings from beyond the pond on the far side of College Road, bathed in autumnal afternoon sunlight.
Also on display in Dulwich over the course of the spring and summer will be the watercolour Dulwich College (2018) by architectural portraitist Gerard Stamp, commissioned by the Master for the quatercentenary. It, too, is of the Barry Buildings, rendering the fine red and buff historic architecture with its detailed embellishments, with a nod to The Laboratory, distilling the essence of Dulwich today. Gerard is the brother of the late Gavin Stamp OA, the eminent architectural historian who, as a pupil at the College, fought for the protection and restoration of the Barry Buildings which played their part in inspiring in him a life-long love of Victorian architecture.
There will also be a display about the Barry Buildings at nearby Bell House (also in College Road), which forms part of a themed Dulwich Picture Gallery-Barry Building Walk. Further details of this will be available in the spring.
Tickets available from the Dulwich Picture Gallery at www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk