Below left, The Morning Walk by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), his 1785 portrait of Mr. and Mrs. William Hallett; right, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coltman, 1770-72, by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797).
Below, left, Canaletto (1697-1760) portrayed Eton College c. 1754; right, The Hay Wain, 1821 by John Constable (1776-1837).
Below, Joseph Mallord William Turner's (1775-1851) Dutch Boats in a Gale, also known as The Bridgewater Sea Piece, 1801, on the left. Right, The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to her last Berth to be broken up, 1838-39. The painting shows the famous warship which did heroic service in the British Navy particularly in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, and has been named the favorite painting of the British people.
These paintings are among the treasures of British art, including most of the major figures working in "our" era, the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The National Gallery exhibits hundreds more outstanding works in its many galleries, but these were the gems to which we wanted to briefly pay our respects.
Off we went to Apsley House for the reception, covered in the next post.