Saturday morning at the Barber Institute. Nobody is here in the beautifully organised and immaculately silent galleries, opened in 1939, with a collection of the highest quality.
Simone Martini, dated 1320 on the frame:-
Mazzoni, bought 1990:-
Sebastiano Ricci, An Allegorical Tomb of the First Duke of Devonshire:-
Pope by Roubiliac, bought for a record price in 1970:-
An early Thomas Lawrence when he was establishing his reputation:-
Everything has been bought with intelligence and acumen by a succession of directors – Thomas Bodkin, followed by Ellis Waterhouse, not remembered as a connoisseur, but must have been, and, more recently, Richard Verdi.