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England's Art Treasures Go On Show in London
by Liz Clark

MANY of England's greatest art treasures have been collected together from all over the country for an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

This is a unique opportunity to see more than 400 outstanding works in one place. The exhibition, Art Treasures of England: The Regional Collections, began on 22 January and will continue until 13 April 1998.

Paintings, sculptures, watercolours and drawings from some 100 museums and galleries from all over England will be on show and will include great works by artists such as Holman Hunt, whose Isabella and the Pot of Basil is pictured here.

Masterpieces by Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Turner, Canaletto, Monet, Degas, Bacon, Hockney and many others will be on show. The Academy promises some surprises by showing the work of lesser-known names as well as unfamiliar art by the famous.

Many museums established in the 19th century stressed the excellence of British art and this is illustrated in two galleries with works by Hogarth, Reynolds, Stubbs, Gainsborough and Constable.

The largest gallery will be given over to Victorian art but continental European works will be shown in a series of galleries devoted to the Renaissance, the Baroque, Neo-classicism and the 19th century.

Twentieth-century art, much of it English, will be shown, as well as drawings and, that most English of mediums, watercolours. Sculpture will be exhibited throughout the rooms.

The show is the result of an unusual collaboration between art and sport; the exhibition is being sponsored by Peterborough United Football Club, of Northamptonshire, southern England.

Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom, W1V 0DS
Telephone: +44 171 300 8000
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