A Framer's collection

09 Feb 2013 - 20 Apr 2013

Mattei Radev (1927 - 2009) was a refugee who fled Bulgaria as a stowaway on a cargo ship in 1950. He became one of the leading London picture framers, mixing with artists, dealers and art critics.

In 1991, Radev was left a significant art collection by his friend Eardley Knollys, who had, in turn, inherited a large part of it from Eddie Sackville West, 5th Lord Sackville some years earlier.

The collection reflects each man's differing tastes: Knollys for French artists and Sackville-West for modern British pieces. Although Radev added works by Robert Medley, Duncan Grant and John Piper, his greatest gift was to keep the collection intact.

This exhibition brings together some of the finest artists of the 20th century including Georges Braque, Maurice Denis, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Ivon Hitchen, Jean Millet, Amedeo Modigliani, Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Roderic O'Conor, Pablo Picasso, Lucien Pissaro, Graham Sutherland, Keith Vaughan and Alfred Wallis.


Supported by

  • Lottery Funded

Alfred Wallis 'Three boats between lighthouse and shore' oil on card

Amadeo Modigliano 'Portrait of Soutine' pen over paper and chalk on paper