Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Smaller Art Galleries Paint Bright Picture as Visitors Rise; Visitors Up: A Venice Painting by Sickert, above, Set for Dulwich Picture Gallery; the Wallace Collection, Right, Will Show Hirst. Left: Omega Workshops Will Inspire a Courtauld Institute Show

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Smaller Art Galleries Paint Bright Picture as Visitors Rise; Visitors Up: A Venice Painting by Sickert, above, Set for Dulwich Picture Gallery; the Wallace Collection, Right, Will Show Hirst. Left: Omega Workshops Will Inspire a Courtauld Institute Show

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Byline: LOUISE JURY

SMALLER art galleries in London have recorded a dramatic increase in visitors.

Figures released today show the Courtauld Institute enjoyed a record 56 per cent rise over 12 months.

The gallery, in Somerset House, drew nearly 168,000 visitors, up from 108,000.

This included 84,000 to Cezanne the best-attended exhibition in its history.

The annual numbers were released as the Courtauld Institute joined forces with the Wallace Collection and Dulwich Picture Gallery to promote their new programmes. The Wallace Collection recorded a 25 per cent growth to 346,347 and the Dulwich gallery a rise from 141,000 to 150,000.

Ernst Vegelin, director of the Courtauld which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, said: "It is a real expression of the success of the programme and having a focused, research-led approach." Two of its shows next year will stem from works it owns. One will take two painted chests, or cassoni, made for a wedding in 1471, as its starting point. …

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