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Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

View a small display showcasing items from the Archive of Londoner Brian Sewell, 'Britain's most famous and controversial art critic'.

Object:

This Drawing Room Display introduces the Brian Sewell Archive, an extensive collection which covers all areas of Sewell's life: from childhood to his final days. Alongside a biographical section, the display focuses on three main themes: Sewell's roll in the 'Blunt Affair'; his travel; and his work as a journalist and art critic including his 30 years of work for the London Evening Standard. He was extremely loyal to the paper and his London audience explaining that he wished to reach the individuals at 'Buckingham Palace' as well those 'straphanging home in the Underground'.

Showcasing letters, journal articles, press-cuttings, diaries and photographs from the archive, the display presents a fascinating record of his life and career and, indeed, the role of art criticism in the London art world.

A free pamphlet accompanying the display gives more information about the individual objects and items.

Brian Sewell, aged 2, c.1935
Visit the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and view a small display showcasing items from the Londoner Brian Sewell, ‘Britain’s most famous and controversial art critic’ © Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Paul Mellon Centre
16 Bedford Square
London
WC1B 3JA

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