One of the most fascinating discoveries that we shall be exhibiting on stand A3 is a lost character study painted by Van Dyck in c. 1620-21 in preparation for one of his most important early compositions The Betrayal of Christ. The head study, exhibited for the first time since its discovery beneath layers of early-18th century overpaint and canvas extensions, offers a remarkable insight into Van Dyck’s brilliance of invention and sheer painterly command when preparing for larger narrative commissions.
This portrait miniature would appear to be the only extant example in miniature by the Scottish artist Charles Smith, whose painting career ran, geographically at least, closely alongside that of Johann Zoffany (1733-1810). Portrait miniatures were popular in India, not deteriorating in the climate like oil paintings. Their size also chimed comfortably with the Indian tradition of miniature painting. The miniature is a fine example of the detail and precision required to work on such a minute scale. It will be available to view on our stand throughout the fair.
The Masterpiece Short Film Series
To showcase some of our highlights this year we will be releasing a series of 14 short films that explore in greater depth the contexts and significance behind a selection of our most exciting pieces. The films can be found on our Facebook, Instagram and Youtube pages...
Events throughout the Fair
Friday 29th June 12:00 – Stand A3
‘Little Britain no longer! Opportunities and excitements in the growing market for modern British painting 1900-1950’
Saturday 30th June 13:00 – Stand A3
‘Beauty through the ages’
Sunday 1st July 12:00 – Stand A3
‘Discovering Cedric Morris: Journeys through the life and art of Britain’s most celebrated Artist Plantsman’
Guest Lecture Series: Masterpiece Lecture Theatre
19:00 – Lecture Theatre Tickets required