The Radev Collection: Bloomsbury & Beyond

27 September - 21 December 2013

The Radev Collection is named after Mattei Radev, who came to Britain in the 1950’s as a stowaway on a cargo ship, fleeing from communism in his native Bulgaria. Radev went on to build a new life in London mixing in the artistic Bloomsbury circle and becoming a leading picture framer for the London Galleries.

Radev inherited most of the works from his friend the artist-dealer Eardley Knollys who had in turn inherited from music critic 5th Lord Sackville, Eddy Sackville-West following the latter’s’ death in 1965. The impressive collection includes works by British and international artists including Duncan Grant, Alfred Wallis, Ivon Hitchens, Ben Nicholson and Lucien Pissarro.

Exhibition includes work by: Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Robert Medley, Graham Sutherland, Keith Vaughan, John Piper, Lucien Pissarro, Jacques Villon, Alfred Wallis, Jean Metzinger.

Sponsored by - Sanlam Private Investments, providing integrated wealth management solutions for high net worth individuals and their families, trusts, charities and corporates.

Supported by - Arts Council England, SLDC, Sir John Fisher Foundation, Kendal Town Council


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  • Ivon Hitchens, June Day, 1953 © The Estate of Ivon Hitchens


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