Approx 0.2 miles from the centre of Chichester
R. B. Kitaj, The Architects, 1981, Oil on canvas, Pallant House Gallery (Wilson Loan, 2006) © Estate of R B Kitaj
Pallant House Gallery boasts one of the best collections of Modern British art in the UK. Donated over the past thirty years, the collections tell the story of a number of individuals, all passionate collectors of art who generously donated their lifetimes’ labours to the Gallery for the benefit of the public. Since Dean Walter Hussey's gift of works by Henry Moore, John Piper, Ceri Richards, Graham Sutherland and others that led to its inception in 1982, the Gallery has attracted the interest of other benefactors, most notably Charles Kearley and Sir Colin St John Wilson.
Although the works in Pallant House Gallery's collections are largely British twentieth-century art, there are a number of exceptions. The works of historical art and furniture come from the Hussey Bequest as well as other gifts and loans, many of which have relevance to Chichester. These comprise a collection of works by the Smith brothers and a selection of portraits by George Romney.