Thursday, 2 September 2010

Lloyd Webber's Art

The Royal Academy of Arts in London has been forced to cancel an exhibition of Egyptian art, due to "political instability in the Middle East". So instead it will be showing composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's private art collection from 20 September to 12 December. Ignore BBC News' nonsense about this collection going on show for the first time. It was originally shown at the RA in 2003, but not as The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection. It was shown as Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters Exhibition. (That fooled the BBC.) Andrew Lloyd Webber has demonstrated both excellent artistic taste and sound financial sense in collecting works by unfashionable Victorian artists. His collection includes works by Rossetti, Millais, Waterhouse, Burne-Jones, Tissot, Holman Hunt, Alma-Tadema, Joshua Reynolds and Edwin Landseer. He also bought the Canaletto posted above: The Old Horse Guards, London, from St James's Park (c.1749). What a collector! (Click the title link for his website.)


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