Masterpieces from the Ford Collection

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  • Monday 6 June 2011 - 14:00 until 14:00

Sir Brinsley Ford, who died in 1999, was Chairman of the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund) from 1975 to 1980 and a member of its executive committee for nearly 30 years. A great connoisseur and expert on the Grand Tour, he began his own collection at an early age and built it around a highly important group of landscape paintings by Richard Wilson that he inherited. His house in London contained numerous treasures including paintings, drawings, sculpture, bronzes and ceramics.

Masterpieces from the collection will be on display until 30th June in the Granary Art Gallery where the Curator of Weston Park, Gareth Williams, has kindly agreed to give us an introductory talk and guide us round the exhibition. We shall see more than 20 paintings by Richard Wilson in addition to works by Panini, Ingres, Sebastiano Conca, Francesco Cozza, Henry Fuseli and Augustus John.

Weston Park is open to the public from 1pm, so you may have time to visit the house independently. It contains a magnificent collection of paintings and works of art. Unfortunately the house is not available for a private tour that morning.

Lunch is available in the Granary Grill and Restaurant (not included in the ticket price). We are not arranging coach transport but will do our best to help non-drivers. A map will be sent with your tickets.