In 1790, during his stay in London, Primate Michał Poniatowski, the brother of King Stanisław August, commissioned the distinguished London art dealer Noë l Desenfans (1741–1807) to buy paintings
The 1804 list contains 120 works, mostly of very high quality. However, we are not sure whether all of them – and which ones – were acquired as paintings ‘for theKing’.Desenfans bequeathed the collection to Francis Bourgeois. The latter in turn, having supplemented it with further paintings, left it to Dulwich College, near London. Six years later, in 1817, the collection was opened to the public in a purpose-built building. The Dulwich Picture Gallery, an outstanding piece of architecture, was designed by Sir John Soane. The construction was subsidized by Desenfans’s widow, Margaret, and by Soane, who waived his fee.
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