Monday 29 September 2008 7.21pm
Here's the link:
I think they're etchings not drawings - the only reason I mention that is that the Government Art Collection won't have paid as much for editions as for unique works. They're available on the Ingleby Gallery website for £300 each, and I assume GAC would have got them at a discount:
Jan, you asked who authorised the purchase. The GAC have a buying committee which includes directors of the various national collections etc. And they spend about £200,000 annually on new art. (I have no connection with the GAC - but I recently went on an open day tour of the collection, and asked this and other questions.)
Are the Austen pictures any good? Opinions will differ! I quite like them, but I haven't seen them other than on the web. Of the ones in the Telegraph piece, I think the spare, enigmatic staircase image is my favourite, though I suspect it's the kind of series that benefits from being hung and seen together.