House is Georgian but began as a building where the church could store bits and pieces on the way to York, the church is next door. Also part of the complex is the stable block which houses the Museum of Westmoreland Life and Industry(but that's another review).
The gallery has a tearoom serving light lunches,and teatime cakes etc very good, does what it says on the tin,well served (very nice pot of tea). Modern, fresh decor, loos , no steps.
Steps up the the gallery, not sure if there is disabled access, inside no lift but disabled access ,ask the staff. Well staffed on the reception desk with friendly approachable staff.
Permanent exhibition, downstairs Loutherberg local scenes of Windermere, Romney's and Romantic Lakes Artists,the Netherlandish tryptych of Lady Ann Clifford (great for historians and Netherlandish specialists, I loved it!) An interesting portrait by Kurt Schwitters of a local cafe owner and a landscape of the Lion and the Lamb at Grasmere. Apparantly Schwitters stayed in Ambleside, which I didn't know. The Romneys are housed in appropriate Georgian setting(furniture etc) which is lovely.
Upstairs the moderns; Piper, Craxton,Nicholson and a Lowry seascape (which is labelled as 'showing the isolation of the artist' I have to disagree with this I'm afraid.) The little Picasso bronze is a joy. Moving on to the next rooms various post impressionist paintings focused on friends and influences of the Bloomsbury Group,then the Radev Collection itself, this was accumulated by Radev from the collections of Eddy Sackville-West.(cousin of Vita)and Eardley Knollys as well as his own aquisitions .A lovely very personal collection.The Art Gallery is a joy to visit .Entrance payable but you can get a joint ticket for the Museum which saves quite a lot
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