The late art dealer Oliver Hoare built his career in Islamic art. His own collection, however, expanded to form a modern-day ‘cabinet of curiosities’ including several ‘unicorn’s’ horns. Hoare’s final collection, comprising rare works of art and artefacts illustrating some of the cultures nurtured by the ancient trade route of the Silk Road, is on temporary display in what was the South Kensington studio of the Irish painter John Lavery. Speaker Martin Clarkson, from the consultancy The Storytellers, talks through the extraordinary life of the studio and the artist.
The Lavery Room
London, SW7 2JE
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