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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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A little gem

The previous reviewer has said exactly what I was going to say! there are not many Canaletto's on... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2015
Pippa65
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Kent, United Kingdom
Fantastic Canaletto Exhibition

Went specially to see the exhibitiion. Good selection of his paintings and sketches, plus relevant... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2015
djpend
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Winner of the Art Gallery of the Year Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works. Conveniently located in the town centre, Abbot Hall enjoys a pretty riverside setting. Just a stone’s throw from leafy Abbot Hall Park and Kendal Parish Church, it makes for an inspiring day out for all. On permanent display in the period Georgian rooms is a selection of works by Cumbrian born artist George Romney (1734-1802), one of the greatest of all eighteenth-century portrait painters. The centre piece is what many perceive to be his masterpiece, the beautiful The Gower Family: The Children of Granville, 2nd Earl Gower (1776-7). Also on show is The Great Picture which is an impressive triptych commissioned by Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1678) in 1646. It depicts the story of her life-long struggle for, and ultimately succession to, the family inheritance.
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Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
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Reviewed 4 December 2015

The previous reviewer has said exactly what I was going to say! there are not many Canaletto's on display but they are very interesting and it was good to contrast them with other painters who followed his style. Do also visit the permanent exhibition, especially...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2015

Went specially to see the exhibitiion. Good selection of his paintings and sketches, plus relevant works by others. It is there until the 14th February DO NOT MISS IT. Was not to thrilled with the other offerings. The gallery is east to find, nicely situated...More

Thank djpend
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Reviewed 29 November 2015

I've just come back from a trip to Abbot Hall Gallery. We went to see a wonderful Canaletto exhibition which was the perfect size not to leave us with a headache or limping. The permanent collection is very hot on Romney and his peers. He...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2015

Very well assembled exhibitions. Five minutes from the centre of Kendal. Airy and spacious, lots of cafes nearby, good shop.

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Reviewed 6 November 2015

A rainy day in the Lake District is not unknown and this art gallery is worth a visit when the clouds open. We were lucky to see a Canaletto exhibition but there is some nice art that is "resident" all the time. There is also...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2015

We planned our visit here mainly to see the Canalettos, but the whole gallery is worth a visit. The Canaletto exhibition was beautifully displayed; you could get up close to pictures, or stand well back & get a distance view, without having other people jostling...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2015

Very impressed by this gallery. Bonus was seeing the Canaletto Exhibition which was so interesting. Enjoyed the lovely Georgian rooms as well.

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Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

If you drop into Kendal this is well worth a look see, esp if you can go before Feb and catch a little Canaletto and friends! It is right next to another local museum of Kendal life with a terrific shop with local craft ware...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Located just off the main high street. Entry fee for adults. Pros: -Attractive architecture. -Friendly and helpful staff. -Art includes oil, pastel and collage. I particularly enjoyed the paper collages by Kurt Schwitters. -Numerous pieces of period furniture. -Information boards. -Gallery shop. -Coffee House selling...More

1  Thank jonotennis
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

Having visited many times we wanted to visit a special exhibition and chose the recent contemporary art one. Oh dear. The paintings were very poor, but not only that, we expected at least to hav someone available to explain what we only saw as a...More

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barry503
27 October 2017|
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Response from Lakeland-Arts | Property representative |
Hi, our current exhibitions and displays are: - LAND | SEA | LIFE: A British Art Collection Curated by Abbot Hall Art Gallery, LAND | SEA | LIFE is exhibition of works on loan from The Ingram Collection, which is... More
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