Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Dulwich - 17 February 2007

Dulwich ParkA ‘Canaletto in England’ exhibition is currently on in Dulwich, so we decided to base our day in the Dulwich area.

We started the day with a look at the Horniman Museum. This is one of the many legacies left by wealthy Horniman MuseumVictorian merchants that people in the UK can enjoy today. The free museum is based upon a collection of items from his travels, but subsequently enhanced and expanded.

Old toll chargesWe followed this with a walk around Dulwich Park and College, passing the only remaining privately owned toll-gate in London. Since 1789, tolls have been collected on a road that runs through the grounds of Dulwich Public School and the proceeds are used to pay for the upkeep of the road.

London's only private toll gateWe finished the walk at the Dulwich Picture Gallery where the Canaletto’s were being displayed, joining the queue just before they put up the 'sold out for the day' sign. While the English pictures are obviously Canaletto’s they don’t quite have the appeal of the Venetian scenes. (Not that we are ever likely to own either sort …)

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