About the Cumberland Art Gallery

About the Cumberland Art Gallery

Cumberland Art Gallery interior view

Discover magnificent artworks from the Royal Collection in the new Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace. 

The gallery occupies a newly restored suite of rooms designed by William Kent for a Georgian prince. After two years of meticulous research, Kent's Cumberland Suite has been returned as closely as possible to his original scheme.

The Cumberland Art Gallery houses a changing display of artworks, principally from the Royal Collection, continuing the palace’s long history as a destination for the work of renowned artists.

Discover a selection of the Royal Collection’s finest paintings: masterpieces by Holbein, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Bassano and Gainsborough, and other artists who worked for, or were collected by, four centuries of royal patrons.

The selection of paintings in our opening display broadly reflects the period of royal residency at Hampton Court, from the Tudor period to the middle years of the 1700s, when great royal collectors and connoisseurs, like King Charles I and Frederick, Prince of Wales, assembled one of the largest and finest art collections of its kind in the world.

Hampton Court Palace has a long history of displaying great works of art. Over the centuries, successive monarchs filled the State Apartments with splendid works of art for the private enjoyment of the royal family, or as imposing statements of regal authority.

Although the palace’s life as a royal residence came to an end in the eighteenth century, thousands of artworks, now part of the Royal Collection, are still in their original locations and form part of the story of the palace today.

Entrance is included in palace admission

The creation of the Cumberland Art Gallery was made possible through the generosity of the Foyle Foundation and Bruce and Jane Carnegie-Brown.

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Canaletto, The Grand Canal
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

 

 

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