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An Englishman in New York - the art of Lord Duveen
11th June 2024
Presented by Mark Meredith

Synopsis

"Europe has a great deal of art, and America has a great deal of money”. It wasn’t rocket science, but there was only one man whose quintessential English wit and charm made it look easy as he convinced the hard-nosed, tight-fisted titans of Wall Street that, “when you pay high for the priceless, you’re getting it cheap”. Frick, Mellon, Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Vanderbilt etc. all vied for his latest discoveries and until you were on his client list, you could be assured that you and your collection were still decidedly second rate. This is a glimpse into the oft-times hilarious world of Lord Duveen, and the art that made Wall Street’s toughest go weak at the knees.

 

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