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the somerset four & stumbling on treasures in London

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stumbling on treasures in London

These four were hung as part of the masters exhibit at the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House in London. When I say hung, I’m sure they were neither hung nor imprisoned. Much too distinguished for that. One of them was a Gainsborough for flips sake. This is the first painting I did after the London trip and will hopefully be the first of lots that will come from things we saw while there.

The Somerset Four 32×32 inch oil on canvas

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Somerset House

Rob and I were meandering our way from Convent Garden down to the Tate and got off at Temple station so as to walk along the embankment. When we came up from the underground we saw that we were just 100 yards from Somerset House. We both immediately thought the same thing  – interiors!

In fact Somerset House was purpose built to hold the offices for the navy and other government departments involved in running the empire back in the day. All very grand and impressive. So much so that one could easily miss a small gallery tucked in under an arch on the left of the courtyard.

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Up a stair we found four rooms with the most amazing collection of old masters on permanent exhibit. The Courtauld Collection includes Renoir, Da Vinci, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Gauguin to name drop but a few. We are talking a serious amount of the worlds most famous art with just a sandwich board outside to alert us to what’s going on. It’s one of London’s treasures but we literally just stumbled on to it.

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The rooms were beautiful and the light was perfect. Although photography was allowed Rob did overhear the security guard talking to his supervisor about a rather odd woman in the other room who was taking photos of a chair that was sitting under a Monet  and not of the Monet itself. Guess who that was!

Oh, two other things…

One of my galleries, Killarney Art Gallery are having a relocation sale this weekend, Big reduction on prices.


and if I don’t see you before.. Happy St. Patrick’s Day or Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!


  • LOVE that painting – the somerset four – it’s really lovely, Róisín. Seriously well done on the sale of your work in London. I’m so pleased for you.

  • Hi Roisin,

    Well this just sounds too fun! What an amazing place to stumble upon. Interiors, interiors. Your head much have been spinning with inspiration! Now that you know, you’ll be visiting lots of old showcase homes…

    What’s this about a chair “beneath” a Monet? Shouldn’t it be “facing” the Monet? And they thought you were strange by photographing it… Happy St. Pats day to you too. Careful with too much drink. It makes your art a bit too impressionist! Enjoy the craic!

  • Love the painting and the photos. How nice to stumble on this amazing gallery. Monet’s chair — nice title for a painting.

    It sounds and looks like you had an amazing time.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you. We had our little
    family party early, but I’ll be thinking of you.

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