Former Surveyor of Queen's Pictures visits Cornwall for three-day celebration of art

  • 9 June 2009

Christopher Lloyd CVO, trustee of leading independent art charity The Art Fund, and former Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures is coming to Cornwall for a series of special events from 21 to 24 June to celebrate the achievements of The Art Fund in the county.

Since the 1930s, The Art Fund has given over £386,095 to Cornish museums such as National Maritime Museum and the Royal Cornwall Museum to help them buy works of art for their collections.

Christopher Lloyd, who was born in Falmouth, was Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures from 1988 until his retirement in 2005, following some 20 years in the Department of Western Arts at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. In addition to being a trustee of The Art Fund, he is also President of NADFAS, a member of the Exhibitions Committee of the Royal Academy of Arts, a patron of The Living Paintings Trust, and a governor of Gainsborough's House in Suffolk.

Christopher Lloyd says: "As a Cornishman, I am looking forward to catching up with all the recent exciting developments that have taken place in some of the leading museums and galleries in the county".

An expert on the art of the Italian Renaissance and French Impressionism, he will give a lively talk at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall on Monday 22 June at 3.15pm, on the story of collecting Impressionist and Post Impressionist art in the UK. In a time when most British art collectors were shy of collecting the strange avant garde art from across the Channel, and prejudice against the French abounded, a few brave collectors such as Samuel Courtauld bucked the trend and formed truly outstanding collections of French paintings from the late 19th century and early 20th century.

In addition to Christopher Lloyd’s talk several other events are planned around his visit to the area:

On the evening of Sunday 21 June a special evening reception and private tour is being held at Pencarrow House and garden, a spectacular Georgian mansion house that has been the home of the Molesworth-St Aubyn family for nearly 500 years. After a glass of wine, guests can enjoy a tour of the house and 50 acres of stunning gardens.

In celebration of The Art Fund’s contribution to its collection, Falmouth Art Gallery is staging an exhibition of Art-Funded works of art From Opie to Terry Frost: Exhibition of ArtFunded Works. Work by Frank Brangwyn, Edvard Munch, John Hoyland, and Eve Arnold will feature in the exhibition which opens on Monday 22 June. Gallery Director Brian Stewart will give a special talk about the works of art on display at 2pm.

Finally on Wednesday 24 June, guests can join Christopher Lloyd and senior members of Museum staff in the Fine Art Gallery at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro for an exclusive wine reception and private view.

Summary of events

Evening reception and Private Tour, Pencarrow House and garden, Sunday 21 June, 6.30pm. Tickets: £5 Contact Laura Fleming T: 0207 225 4801,

Special talk on Art Funded works, by Brian Stewart, Falmouth Art Gallery, Monday 22 June, 2pm to 2.45pm. Free. Booking essential. Contact: Laura Fleming T: 0207 225 4801,

‘Britain and the Collecting of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings’: Lecture by Christopher Lloyd, followed by afternoon tea National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Monday 22 June, 3.15pm to 5pm. Tickets: £10 Contact: Laura Fleming T: 0207 225 4801,

Evening Wine Reception and Special Private View, Fine Art Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Wednesday 24 June, 6.30pm. Tickets £5. Contact: Laura Fleming T: 0207 225 4801,


Notes to editors:

The Art Fund is the UK’s leading independent art charity. It offers grants to help UK museums and galleries enrich their collections; campaigns on behalf of museums and their visitors; and promotes the enjoyment of art.

It is entirely funded from public donations and has 80,000 members. Since 1903 the charity has helped museums and galleries all over the UK secure 860,000 works of art for their collections.

Recent achievements include: helping secure Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London in February 2009 with a grant of £1 million; helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008 with a grant of £1million; and running the ‘Buy a Brushstroke’ public appeal which raised over £550,000 to keep Turner’s Blue Rigi watercolour in the UK.

For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit

Christopher Lloyd has organised and curated numerous exhibitions and was responsible for a six part television series on the paintings in the Royal Collection as well as being the author of many publications. He is currently writing a book entitled In Search of a Masterpiece for Thames and Hudson which will be based on his personal choice of pictures in public galleries throughout the United Kingdom. He is also involved with organising two future exhibitions - one on Impressionist Drawings to be held in Vienna and Milwaukee and the other on Impressionist Pastels to be held in Edinburgh (National Gallery of Scotland) and New York (Frick Collection). He reviews books and exhibitions in national newspapers, journals and periodicals and lectures internationally on art, artists and the history of art.

The Art Fund is a Registered Charity No. 209174