The Francis Haskell Memorial Lecture 2007
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The Francis Haskell Memorial Lecture 2007: Private loss and public gain: London and the collecting of Old Masters
One of the most distinguished art historians of his generation, Francis Haskell was Professor of Art History at Oxford and a member of The Art Fund's Committee from 1976 until his death in 2000. This year the annual lecture in his memory will be given by Christopher Lloyd,
The lecture will highlight three specific moments in history when an unusual number of outstanding collections of old master paintings were concentrated in central London: the opening decades of the seventeenth century coinciding with the reign of Charles 1, the years following the French Revolution culminating in the Napoleonic Wars, and the beginning of the twentieth century when the decline of the landed aristocracy was hastened by the emergence of an international plutocracy. On each occasion the contents of these collections provided a catalyst for the development of taste in art and influenced painters and critics. They also had an impact on other significant issues including the growth of the art market, the status of the Royal Collection, the foundation and evolution of the National Gallery, and attitudes towards the export of important works. Although some of these issues may now be regarded simply as formative, others remain highly topical today.
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