In Search of a Masterpiece

In Search of a Masterpiece

An Art Lover's Guide to Great Britain and Ireland

  1. Christopher Lloyd
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  • ISBN 9780500238844
  • 24.60 x 18.60 cm
  • Hardback
  • 496pp
  • 273 Illustrations, 273 in colour
  • First published 2011
‘Enthusiasm, charm, wit, elegant style and an unerring eye … 'In Search of a Masterpiece' is, itself, a very quiet, very British masterpiece. ’ – Judith Flanders, The Telegraph
‘A tremendously good idea, very well done, and in some ways a masterpiece of concision’ – The Times Literary Supplement
‘This valuable guide could end up paying for itself, as you discover essential works in almost every major town or city’ – Artists & Illustrators
‘His comments are dry and pithy, his one-liners are sharp … this is an achievement few could match … Dr Lloyd’s selections will delight, and will send the reader back, refreshed, to our great national and regional collections’ – Country Life
‘An inspiring selection … Beautifully crafted, unobtrusively erudite, generously detailed without ever losing sight of the picture itself, these essays are models of art-historical writing and a sustained pleasure to read’ – The Art Newspaper
'… exactly the companion you would wish to take with you on a museum crawl: knowledgeable, urbane and discreetly impatient with dense art-historical lingo'– Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian

See the full reviews in The Telegraph and The Guardian

If you find yourself in Hull, Cork or Dundee, what paintings should you go and look at?
This book offers an expert guide to the highlights of British collections – 266 paintings by a host of artists across the centuries and many countries. Some are world-famous, others are exciting discoveries that a visitor might easily miss.

In Search of a Masterpiece
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Christopher Lloyd is uniquely qualified to guide us through the galleries of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

In Search of a Masterpiece is a personal selection of paintings that he has come across during his distinguished career that will excite others to visit these galleries and museums. Helpfully designed, the book can be enjoyed at home or out in the company of the pictures – either way, Christopher Lloyd shares the thrill of expectation and sheer pleasure he experiences whenever he walks into a gallery.

Each entry includes 
an account of the artist and short outlines are included of the histories of the museums and galleries.

See the article by Christpher Lloyd with picture gallery in the FT Magazine online.

Christopher Lloyd worked in the Department of Western Art of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford from 1968 to 1988. He was appointed to a Fellowship at Villa I Tatti in Florence and was Visiting Research Curator of Early Italian Painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures in the British Royal Collection from 1988 to 2005. 
His publications include monographs on painters, catalogues of museum collections, and surveys of the Royal Collection. He has curated numerous exhibitions worldwide, and made a six-part series on the paintings in the Royal Collection for British television. Christopher Lloyd is President of National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), a Trustee of The Art Fund, a Governor of Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, and serves on the Exhibitions Committee of the Royal Academy.