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04 Jul 2012

Constable sells for £22.4m

John Constable, The Lock (1824). Photo: Christie’s

“Last night there were fears that Constable’s masterpiece The Lock could disappear forever from public view after it was sold to a private buyer for £22.4 million. Experts had warned that cash-strapped British museums and galleries were unlikely to pay up to save it for the nation when it was auctioned at Christie’s in London.” (Daily Mail, 4 July 2014)

The taste of J W Blyth, The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh 4-28 July 2012

“John Waldegrave Blyth (1873–1962) was a Kirkcaldy linen manufacturer with a passion for art collecting that began in his early thirties. A large part of the collection is now in the Kirkcaldy art Gallery, but a very significant portion was retained, and the exhibition which accompanied this publication represented the last works held by the family. It is more than fitting that this exhibition took place at The Scottish Gallery from where so much of the collection was bought and with whom Blyth enjoyed such a long and fruitful relationship.” See the catalogue, here