Address: 39A Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN
Lovers of fine art can be assured of a real treat when visiting London’s Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art.
Founded by engineer, academic and lover of Italian modern art Eric Estorick, his collection was acquired during a lifetime of appreciation for the artists of Italy, in particular those that moved him personally.
With such famous names as Picasso, Braque, Gris, Leger, Miro and Matisse represented, the collection is dedicated to works created in the 20th century and beyond.
Such is the stature of the Estorick Collection that on many occasions, major galleries around the world have sought to borrow pieces for their own exhibitions. Indeed, London’s Tate Gallery acquired the long-term loan of several exceptional pieces in the 1960s and 1970s.
Upon Estorick’s death in 1994, the Estorick Collection was moved to its current position in the beautiful Georgian property that resides on Canonbury Square.
The move was made possible through a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the many outstanding artworks that made up the collection opened up to the public for their viewing pleasure.
What’s on at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art?
A range of exhibitions are held at the Estorick Collection throughout the year, with current exhibits including an examination of the techniques used by the Italian masters to create their works.
More Than Meets the Eye is running until the end of December and analyses the process of creation. Using the latest technologies to peer beneath the layers of the finished artworks, visitors can see the intricate brush strokes and hours of painstaking work and revision that went into the creation of many famous pieces.
Upcoming exhibitions also include an examination of the works of sculptor and draughts man Giacomo Manzu, with his delicate pieces focusing on the imagery of portraiture and religion. The exhibition will be launching in January and is set to run for three months.
Full details of current and future exhibitions can be found by visiting the official website for the Estorick Collection.
Local retail options
For visitors hoping to enjoy some retail therapy during their time in London, the area around the Estorick Collection offers a number of great places to pick up a memento of their time in the English capital.
A range of nearby independent boutiques will meet the needs of those with high-end tastes, while some of the biggest names on the high street can also be found in the local area. Great places to visit for shopaholics include Gill Wing Cook Shop, twenty twenty one, The Workers Cafe, with many other excellent retailers to found in the vicinity of the Estorick Collection.
Other nearby attractions
It is not just the fine art of the Estorick Collection that draws millions of people to the English capital each year, with plenty of other attractions to keep visitors entertained, including:
- Charles Dickens Museum (1.8 miles, 15 minutes’ travel time by public transport)
- The British Museum (2.5 miles, 12 minutes)
- Geffrye Museum (1.5 miles, 17 minutes)
- Museum of London (2.1 miles, 25 minutes)
- Madame Tussauds London (3.1 miles, 16 minutes)
- The Sherlock Holmes Museum (3.3 miles, 15 minutes)
Parking options for visitors
All those planning to drive during their time in London might like to make use of the nearby parking facilities for the Estorick Collection:
- Upper Street Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Parkside Road Car Park (0.8 miles, 16 minutes)
- Baron Street Car Park (1.1 miles, 21 minutes)
Visitors are also reminded that car parking is available at the Estorick Collection itself, although spaces can be limited.
Nearby Underground links
For travellers keen to forego the stresses of driving during their stay, the London Underground could be the perfect travel option, with nearby stations including:
- Angel (Northern line)
- Caledonian Road (Piccadilly line)
Where to stay near The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
For all those looking for a fantastic place to relax and recharge after a long day of exploring this bustling part of the English capital, here are just a few of the top hotel options that travellers might like to consider:
- The Metropolis London Hyde Park (78-84 Sussex Gardens, London W2 1UH – 1.97 miles)
- Park Grand London Hyde Park (78-82 Westbourne Terrace, London W2 6QA – 1.97 miles)
- Park Grand London Kensington (33/37 Hogarth Road, London SW5 0QQ – 2.32 miles)
- Park Grand London Lancaster Gate (14-16 Craven Hill, Lancaster Gate, London W2 3DU – 2.93 miles)