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Masterpieces of European painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery

Exhibition: 9 March - 30 May 2010

From the museum website, 3 February 2010

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of the major collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century pictures in the world. The exhibition, which heralds the Gallery’s bicentenary in 2011, will introduce American audiences to this institution’s collection through an exceptional group of works, to be shown exclusively at the Frick from March 9 through May 30, 2010.

The signature masterpieces, many of which have not been on view in the United States in recent years, and, in some cases, never in New York City, are: Rembrandt van Rijn’s (1606–1669) Girl at a window, 1645; Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s (1599–1641) Samson and Delilah, c. 1619–20; Thomas Gainsborough’s (1727–1788) The Linley sisters, probably 1772; Sir Peter Lely’s (1618–1680) Nymphs by a fountain, before 1640; Canaletto’s (1697–1768) Old Walton Bridge over the Thames, 1754; Gerrit Dou’s (1613–1675) A woman playing a clavichord, c. 1665; Antoine Watteau’s (1684–1721) Les plaisirs du bal, most likely 1715–17; Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s (1618–1682) The flower girl, 1665–70; and Nicolas Poussin’s (1594–1665) The nurture of Jupiter, mid-1630s.

The exhibition, to be installed in the Frick’s Oval Room and Garden Court, is co-organized by Colin B. Bailey, Associate Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick, and Xavier F. Salomon, Curator at Dulwich.


Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue written by Dr. Xavier F. Salomon that includes an essay on the origins of the collection at Dulwich as well as comprehensive entries on the nine works.


– Christie’s and Melvin R. Seiden
– John and Constance Birkelund, Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Eberstadt, Fiduciary Trust Company International, Barbara G. Fleischman, Francis Finlay, and Hester Diamond
– Jon and Barbara Landau (catalogue)
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.