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European galleries

Lord Frederic Leighton Cymon and Iphigenia 1884 (detail)

Within our magnificent Grand Courts, you’ll find key names in art history.

Our galleries of 19th- and 20th-century European art includes a special presentation of figurative paintings by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Chaïm Soutine on loan from the Lewis Collection. These are shown alongside works from the Gallery’s collection, including ones by Vincent van Gogh, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Alberto Giacometti.

In other rooms you’ll find luminaries such Claude Lorrain, John Constable, Eugène Delacroix and Edward Burne-Jones. There are fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian art, including a selection of sculpture and major works by Lord Frederic Leighton and Sir Edward John Poynter. Many of the works date from the earliest days of the Gallery, including the first European painting to enter our collection, Ford Madox Brown’s magnificent Chaucer at the court of Edward III 1847–51.

As well as Dutch, French and Italian painters from the 17th and 18th centuries, such as Peter Paul Rubens and Canaletto, there is a selection of Italian Mannerist paintings, including works by Agnolo Bronzino, Domenico Beccafumi and Nicolò dell’Abate.

Down a marble staircase, you’ll find a superb display of 18th-century European porcelain from the Kenneth Reed Collection.

Note: although this information is regularly updated, specific works on display may change without notice.