On loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Joseph Mallord William Turner's Mortlake Terrace, Summer’s Evening of 1827 hung for six months beside its companion piece, The Frick Collection's Mortlake Terrace: Early Summer Morning, executed a year earlier. Both were painted for William Moffatt and depict The Limes, Moffatt's home overlooking the Thames at Mortlake, near Kew Gardens to the west of central London.
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Sir Charles Allom and Thomas Hastings collaborated once again to design the Library, meant to evoke a grand 18th-century English interior. Against oak-paneled walls Abraham Miller carved the lime wood floral garlands that decorate the Library’s chimneypiece. This room features an array of paintings from the British school. Custom bookshelves, intentionally designed low, ensure that the paintings and other art objects command pride of place.