Adopt an Old Master

The Dulwich Picture Gallery in London is offering arts supporters the opportunity to adopt an Old Master painting. To fund the conservation of 17th- and 18th-century paintings, the gallery is giving you or your company a chance to become a part of art history. Located in London and established in 1811, the Dulwich Picture Gallery is England’s oldest public art gallery. Its collection of 17th- and 18th-century art is one of the oldest in the world and houses artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Nicolas Poussin, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Peter Paul Rubens and Thomas Gainsborough. Conserving these masterpieces is essential so that both current and future generations can enjoy them.

The price of adopting an Old Master painting for five years is approximately $1,500-$22,500 (?1,000-?15,000). In return, the adopter’s name will be placed on a label next to the painting; the adopter may come to see the picture in the studio at any point during the conservation process; the adopter has the opportunity to have a private unveiling of the picture; and the adopter has the right to use the image on Christmas cards or postcards for the length of adoption. In addition, the Dulwich Picture Gallery receives no government assistance and is therefore considered a charity.

For more information on the process or to find out which pictures are available for adoption, contact: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London SE21 7AD, England. Tel: 011 44 20 8693 5254. E-mail: Web site:

Stanley Maltzman is a naturalist artist and instructor living in the Hudson River Valley.

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