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Abbot Hall Art Gallery
& Museum of Lakeland Life
Peppercorn Lane
Kirkland, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 5AL
Abbot Hall is a collection of buildings beside Holy Trinity church which houses the Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life.  The Gallery is housed in the beautifully restored Georgian house while the museum occupies the old stables.
Abbot Hall was built in 1759 as a gentleman’s residence with spacious grounds (now the park).  Before the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 15th century the site was a residence for the Abbot during his visits from York, hence the name.
The Collection
The gallery has a fine collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture by artists from the 18th century through to Modern and Contemporary. The beautifully restored house is a natural setting for the 18th century artwork hung in the Georgian rooms on the ground floor complemented by furniture, clocks and decorative objects of the time.
George Romney
Abbot Hall possesses one of the finest collections in Britain of George Romney’s paintings, sketches and drawings.  After serving his apprenticeship in Kendal he went on to become one of the most sought-after portrait painters of his age. The collection includes work from throughout his life, ranging from portraits painted during his early period in Kendal, to his 1776 masterpiece, The Gower Children painted after his move to London.
The Permanent Collection has excellent examples of 18th and 19th century watercolours featuring such artists as Cozens, de Wint, Cotman, Lear and Turner.  The Turners are represented by his magnificent early watercolour The Passage of Mount St. Gothard and an 1821 watercolour, Windermere.
John Ruskin
Abbot Hall possesses one of the most comprehensive collections of the famous art critic and social commentator’s drawings and watercolours in the country. Although a Lake District resident for the latter part of his life, only one drawing and one watercolour relate to the region.  The remainder cover a wide range of subjects including natural history, mountains and topography in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France, as well as Britain.
Modern and Contemporary Art
The modern collection concentrates more on painting than sculpture, although there are three-dimensional pieces by Barbara Hepworth, Jean Arp, and Elisabeth Frink.  It is an amazing and varied collection including works by Ben Nicholson, Lowry, Sutherland, Piper and many others.
There is also a growing collection of artist’s prints, including etchings by David Hockney, Paula Rego and Lucian Freud, lithographs by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Henry Moore and aquatints by Sean Scully.
The Gallery has an excellent online A-Z index of the artists featured at  Web:  Abbot Hall Index of Artists
As well as the permanent collection the Gallery also holds temporary exhibitions of collections from other parts of the nation.
Plan Your Visit
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Opening Times, Admission Costs & Access
Full Details are at  Web:  Visit Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Disabled Access
All levels are accessible for wheelchair users.
Parking & Toilets
Toilets, baby-change facilities, baby straps (pushchairs not permitted)
Picnic benches, swings and slides are in the adjacent park.
Free Gallery Talks every Tuesday at 14:00 hours.
Due to restrictions of copyright placed on pictures on loan, no photography of any kind is allowed inside
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1539 722 464
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Website   Abbot Hall Website           
Getting There
- Parking: There is a pay and display car park located between the gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life. Disabled parking bays are free.
- Getting There: 10 minute drive from Junction 36 of the M6, follow signs to south Kendal and then for Abbot Hall. There is a  Getting There Map in pdf format
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