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Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

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Pallant House Gallery is an art gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, England. It houses one of the best collections of 20th century British art in the world.The Gallery's collection is founded on works left to the city of Chichester by Walter Hussey in 1977, on his retirement from the position as Dean of Chichester Cathedral which he held from 1955. Hussey's collection included works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, John Piper, Ceri Richards and Graham Sutherland. Hussey stipulated that the collection must be shown in Pallant House, a Grade 1 listed Queen Anne townhouse built in 1712 for wine merchant Henry "Lisbon" Peckham and his wife Elizabeth. It is a fine, brick-built building with large windows, with stone ostriches from the Peckham family arms guarding the entrance gateway, and a fine oak staircase inside. Its urbane design from a London architect was the subject of a suit in Chancery, for William Smart, mason of Chichester, provided a design about 1711, but the Peckhams went to London and obtained another design, designated "the London modell" in court papers. The architect was not identified. The building had been used as Council offices since 1919. The building was restored in 1979, and the gallery opened in 1982. It has been managed by an independent trust since 1985.
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  • Helpful receptionists. Lockers to store coats etc. for £1 refunded afterwards. Lots of small exhibitions under one roof. Interesting sculptures in the courtyard. Understaffed in cafe area. Photography...  more »
  • This was a birthday treat for my wife. Upon entering the complex in which the restaurant was located I thought I had badly miscalculated in that the whole place looked like a garden centre cafeteria! ...  more »
  • The gallery has a strong permanent collection of modern art, as well as an excellent exhibition programme. Two recent openings are Victor Passmore and Sidney Nolan - both very interesting and worth se...  more »
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  • Exceptional venue, which we continue to enjoy after umpteen visits. Recently, the John Piper exhibition was an absolute delight, and everything last year about the Spanish Civil War - talks, artwork and commemoration still resonates amazingly. The volunteers and staff are awesome and the setting sublime. And, after each wonderful experience, a visit to the bookshop is a "must." What's not to like? Thank you. John Boulton and Cecily Hughes.
  • Excellent collection and gallery. Good cafe too
  • Food was delicious. Didn't see the art but the courtyard was lovely.
  • Lovely gallery, great arts programme
  • Very good gallery with variety of artwork. John Piper exhibition when I visited.