The Great Picture Triptych
Display: 16 June 2011 - December 2013
This complex, mysterious and enormous 17th century triptych was acquired by the Lakeland Arts Trust in 1981 with the aim of keeping it in the North West where Lady Anne Clifford, who commissioned this painting, ruled over her estates in the counties of Westmorland and Craven. The complete work remained on display at Appleby Castle until its return to Kendal in 1999. However, due to access difficulties, the triptych has never previously been shown in its entirety at Abbot Hall – until now. The large central section has been reunited with the side panels, allowing visitors the opportunity to experience the full impact of this magnificent and unique masterpiece at Abbot Hall for the first time in the painting’s history.