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Christopher Wood, The Bather, oil on canvas, circa 1925-6
Christopher Wood, The Bather, oil on canvas, circa 1925-6, © Sotheby's

Jerwood Collection to Hold Commemorative Exhibition at Sotheby’s London

By Sam Stevenson

The Jerwood Collection celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the modern and contemporary British art collection will stage an exhibition of 25 works by some of Britain’s most esteemed artists, opening to the public on 8 June at Sotheby’s London.  

The exhibition aims to honour the Jerwood Foundation’s legacy of championing 20th and 21st century British art.

The show will highlight important pieces from the Collection, which illustrate the rich history of British art. 

A painting for each year since the Jerwood’s first purchase—Sir Frank Brangwyn’s From my Window at Ditchling (c.1925) from a Sotheby’s London auction—the exhibition will include work by renowned 20th century artists such as Walter Richard Sickert, Paul Nash, and Sir Stanley Spencer RA, alongside contemporary artists Rose Wylie RA and Maggi Hambling, among others.

Frances Christie, Sotheby’s head of modern & post-war British art, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be hosting this exhibition with the Jerwood Collection, which presents their forward-thinking approach—with the philanthropic aim of collecting privately for public display always in mind.’

The Antiques Roadshow specialist anticipated each and every one of the 25 works on view to inspire future generations of British art collectors.

The Jerwood Collection has grown to hold nearly 300 works of art over the years and is continuing to grow, the Collection’s director Lara Wardle revealed.   

She said: ‘We are delighted to mark our anniversary with this exhibition of 25 works which span the 20th century.

‘Through our loan partnerships, we look to continue to contribute to the understanding and enjoyment of British art from the 20th and 21st centuries.’

Collected by Alan Grieve, chairman of Jerwood Foundation, and curated by director Lara Wardle, the Jerwood Collection aims to present a private collection that preserves personal significance in a public space.

Much of the contemporary strand of the Collection was developed through philanthropic activity, in line with the commitment of the wider Jerwood family of organisations to support the visual and performing arts in the UK.

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