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American painter James Whilster's Thames depictions are considered ahead of a new exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery

VISUAL ARTS : Choice

Metamorphosis was Poussin's great theme: change for the better or worse, but always change. Poussin confronts change like a man still so moved by it, so deeply affected by its inevitability, that he can hardly bear to face it.

Dazzling floral delights in Dulwich: Michael Leapman takes a stroll among magnificent 100-year-old rhododendrons

Rhododendrons excite passions. Vita Sackville-West thought them vulgar - altogether too showy - yet some will journey to the most northerly and westerly parts of Britain to see them at their early summer peak.

Southern comfort: Dalya Alberge on the philanthropist William Rossiter

In the mid 1850s, William Rossiter had a dream about founding an art gallery in the slums of Victorian London. Dream turned to reality in South London, where Rossiter solicited sufficient donations to build up a collection that included some of the most prominent Victorian artists: Walter Crane, Evelyn de Morgan, Frederic Lord Leighton, John Ruskin, Ford Madox Brown and G F Watts.

London galleries face closure

Two of London's art galleries are facing closure and a third is having to change its status to survive, writes Dalya Alberge.

Mystery of Old Master solved

THOMAS Gainsborough's magnificent Mrs Moody and Her Children, in the collection of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, went on public show yesterday for the first time since undergoing conservation, writes Dalya Alberge.

Director's choice: Giles Waterfield, director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery

WATTEAU'S Les Plaisirs du Bal (above, at Dulwich Picture Gallery) is a fascinating picture. Constable wrote of it in 1831: 'This painting seems as if painted in honey. So mellow, so tender, so soft, so delicious . . .'

ART / The child in time: James Hall on the touring exhibition 'Innocence and Experience' and Rembrandt's Girl at a Window at Dulwich Picture Gallery

THIS summer, one of the most sensational and original of recent art historical studies - Leo Steinberg's The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion - will be 10 years old. Though now remaindered, this iconoclastic tome hit the headlines at the time, and even got a respectful review from the then Director of the National Gallery, Michael Levey.

Gallery secure

Five days after Dulwich Picture Gallery in London appealed to the Government to help prevent its closure, a donor has come forward with pounds 200,000. The gift, from Vivien Duffield, chairman of the Clore Foundation, will enable Britain's oldest public gallery to stay open without selling an Old Master.

Letter: Publicity-shy gallery

Sir: As a regular visitor to London's principal galleries and museums, I have some sympathy for the management of the Dulwich Picture Gallery who are wrestling with their financial problems ('Oldest public gallery appeals for help', 8 January).

Oldest public gallery appeals for help

ThE director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Britain's oldest public art museum, yesterday appealed to the Government to help prevent its closure. The gallery contains the nation's third most important store of Old Master paintings, after those in the Royal Collection and National Gallery.
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