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Date: Thursday 6 June 2013
Time: Drinks reception 6pm; talk 7pm.
Price: Free with standard Museum admission; priority booking for higher level Friends. Advance booking recommended. Tickets for this event cannot be combined with the 'Kitaj Lates' discount offer.
This illustrated lecture by Charles Sebag-Montefiore will explore 250 years of Jewish collecting in Britain, from the opening of Bevis Marks Synagogue in 1701 to World War II. It will explore the achievement of prominent individuals, such as Sampson Gideon, Ralph Bernal, the Rothschilds, Ludwig Mond, Sir Philip Sassoon and Sir Percival David, and encompass works ranging from Old Master paintings and drawings, Classical marbles and bronzes, silver and delftware, Hebraica and oriental ceramics. It will conclude by asking whether differences of religious background and political affiliation have any bearing on the way that people collected.
Charles Sebag-Montefiore recently retired as a Director of Ludgate Investments and is a Trustee of the National Gallery. He has served for many years as Treasurer of the Friends of the National Libraries, the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust and The Walpole Society, and is a former trustee of the Samuel Courtauld Trust and the Art Fund. He is joint author of 'The British as Art Collectors: From the Tudors to the Present' (2012) and the author of 'A Dynasty of Dealers: John Smith and Successors 1801-1924' (2013).
To book please contact the Box Office: 020 7284 7384 / email@example.com.