John Baskett
Baskett, John
Baskett, John
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Description: Paul Mellon’s Legacy: A Passion for British Art
George Stubbs painted his beautiful picture of the Zebra (fig. 1) shortly after the animal’s arrival in England. It travelled from the Cape of Good Hope aboard H.M.S. Terpsichore in 1762, and was duly presented to Queen Charlotte. This exotic specimen was installed in the Royal Menagerie, where it was to be found ‘feeding in a paddock near her...
PublisherYale Center for British Art
Related print edition pages: pp.1-11
Description: Paul Mellon’s Legacy: A Passion for British Art
Paul Mellon (1907–1999) was an unparalleled collector of British art. His collection, now at Yale in the museum and study center he founded to house it, rivals those in Britain’s national museums and is unquestionably the most comprehensive representation of British art held outside of the United Kingdom. This book celebrates the centenary of his birth. Five introductory essays examine Mellon’s extraordinary collecting activity, as well as his role in creating both the Yale Center for British Art and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London as gifts to his alma mater (Yale 1929). The catalogue section showcases 148 of the most exquisite and important paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, sculpture, rare books, and manuscript material in the Yale Center’s collection, including major works by Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, John Constable, and J. M. W. Turner.

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Print publication date June 2007 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300117462
EISBN 9780300259520
Illustrations 240
Print Status in print