Pallant House in Chichester is a Georgian townhouse which was once home to Walter Hussey, latterly the Dean of Chichester cathedral, and a passionate and keen-eyed collector. The house is still home to his paintings, drawings and prints and, with elegant furnishings and room settings, it still feels like a private collection. The bias is towards British art of the 20th century, especially to Hussey's favourites - Sutherland, Piper and Moore - but there are also works by Rembrandt, Durer (above), Cozens and Watteau.
It's not at all the sort of sleepy gallery one might expect from such a place. Indeed, aside from the excellent collection, it boasts a punchy exhibition programme, masterminded by its director, Stephan Van Raay. The current show of sculptors' drawings commissioned by the nearby Goodwood Sculpture Park, is a case in point, and the people of Chichester can look forward to more of the same.
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