A Modern Picture Gallery

William Frederick Witherington, RA (London 1785 - London 1865)
National Trust Inventory Number 207839

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1824 (signed and dated) - 1824 (exh at RA)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 692 x 902 mm
Place of origin England
Collection Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, A Modern Picture Gallery, by William Frederick Witherington, RA (London 1785 - London 1865), signed on the stretcher of picture at left W.F. Witherington.1824. The setting is imaginary and includes paintings from several different collections. Some half of the thirty-odd visible have so far been identified, including Fuseli's 'Saturn surprised by Ithuriel' (far left), Lawrence's 'Kemble as Hamlet' (over door), Reynolds's 'Infant Academy' and Wilson's 'View on the Arno' (both to the left of door). Apparently inspired by Panini's views of equally imaginary galleries, the composition carries the message that contemporary British painting could make every bit as fine a show in a picture gallery as Old Masters, and deserved support. Sir James Willoughby Gordon, 1st Bt and his family are also shown. Exhibited RA 1824, and British Institution, 1825.


Bought by Capt. Bambridge in 1941; bequeathed by Elsie Kipling, Mrs George Bambridge (1896 - 1976), daughter of Rudyard Kipling, to the National Trust together with Wimpole Hall, all its contents and an estate of 3,000 acres

Credit line

Wimpole Hall, The Bambridge Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions


Makers and roles

William Frederick Witherington, RA (London 1785 - London 1865), artist

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