Master Paintings Week, which ran from 29th June to 6th July, showcased some of the magnificent artwork to be found in the galleries and auction houses of London – with the opportunity to take a rickshaw ride around Bond Street and St James’ thrown in.
An old oil painting is the perfect partner for an antique oak pedestal desk and Cumbrian people visiting London in the first week of July had the chance to see some of the capital’s finest works of art, with prestigious auction houses and Old Master galleries opening their doors on numerous exhibitions and special events.
Centred around the City of Westminster, this was the fourth year of Master Paintings Week and was a magnet for anyone wanting inspiration for that bare space above their antique bookcase. Lancashire visitors would have had no trouble in finding the venues, with fifteen specially decorated black cabs and rickshaws to ferry them between events. Alternatively, they could have walked, as the exhibitions – which included priceless artworks on loan from both museums and private collections – were all just a short distance from each other.
With 23 of London’s leading fine art dealers and three of its top auction houses taking part, Master Paintings Week was a feast for the eyes and the soul. However, you don’t have to travel 200 miles to see beautiful works of art; they are freely on display among the antique bookcases and Victorian oak partners desks of Lancashire’s antique dealers, allowing you to have a master painting of your own.
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