John Sainsbury

I was very pleased to read the attached article commemorating John Sainsbury’s amazing generosity to so many institutions through the Linbury Trust, including the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery (the three Sainsbury brothers not only paid for the Sainsbury Wing, but oversaw and organised all aspects of its construction), Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Ashmolean under Christopher Brown, and the British Museum, not to mention the role of Sainsbury’s when he was chairman in commissioning new architecture (eg the Camden branch by Nicholas Grimshaw and the Plymouth branch by Dixon.Jones) with Colin Amery acting as advisor. An extraordinary record of achievement.


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