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Cumberland Art Gallery


" A gallery fit for royalty!"

The Cumberland Art Gallery houses a changing display of artworks, reflecting Hampton Court Palace's long history as a destination to view great art. A masterpiece at every turn.


The gallery occupies a restored suite of rooms designed in the 1730s by William Kent for the Duke of Cumberland, the youngest and favourite son of King George II.

After two years of meticulous research, Kent's Cumberland Suite has been returned as closely as possible to his original scheme. Today, you can see hundreds of artworks from the Royal Collection at the palace, some of them in their original locations. Marvel a selection of the Royal Collection’s finest paintings and discover magnificent artworks from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Canaletto and Van Dyck.


The resulting space is truly stunning, in perfect balance as both a historic interior and a gallery fit for a royal collection.

Project Objectives​​

  • Develop an Art at the Palace masterplan and phased programme across Hampton Court Palace. 

  • Convert the Duke of Cumberland apartments into a gallery space 'fit for royalty'.

  • Conserve and restore the Cumberland Suite interiors to William Kent's original 1730s scheme.

  • Upgrade the environmental, lighting and security services to allow the Royal Collection Trust treasures to be displayed in a fitting environment. 

Our role

Working with the curatorial and interpretation teams, specialist lighting designers, craftspeople, professional consultants and contractors, Hatto directed and led the project from inception to conclusion.

  • Design Direction

  • Lighting solutions

  • Liaising with curators and in-house interpretation scheme

  • Generate the master budget and maintain the cost plan

  • Procure of specialist consultants and contractors

  • Risk management

  • Stakeholder communication

  • Programme management for design and construction phases

  • Sponsorship

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