Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Director's Choice

Ian Dejardin

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 584 0

    Size: 190 x 165 mm / 6.5 x 7.5 in.

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 80

    In association with:

    Date published: April, 2009

    UK £9.95 /US $12.95


  • Lively and refreshingly personal guide to one of the finest collections in the world
  • Showcases not only the well-known masterpieces but also lesser-known but equally important works
  • A unique selection by the collection’s expert


Dulwich Picture Gallery was founded in 1811. It was England’s first purpose-built public art gallery, designed by the period’s greatest architect, Sir John Soane. Its founders, Noel Desenfans, Francis Bourgeois and Margaret Desenfans, lie to this day in the beautiful Mausoleum at the heart of the Gallery. The collection makes this remarkable and picturesque place one of the glories of Europe – Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Poussin, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Reni, Guercino, Raphael, Tiepolo, amongst many other famous names, are all represented by masterpieces here. Ian Dejardin, the Gallery’s Director, has chosen, out of this extraordinary parade of riches, a selection of the paintings that speak to him personally. They include masterpieces famous the world over, a few less well-known gems, and some surprises.

Author information

Ian Dejardin is Director at Dulwich Picture Gallery.