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Event Date30 September 10:30 AM BST | Live auction 20038

An Aesthetic Odyssey: The Peter Rose and Albert Gallichan Collection

An Aesthetic Odyssey: The Peter Rose and Albert Gallichan Collection

Sale Overview

Peter Rose and Albert Gallichan were pioneering collectors of nineteenth-century fine and decorative arts, this unique collection was a shared passion assembled over the course of a lifetime by the couple from the 1950s onwards. Comprising over 300 lots of decorative arts and paintings spanning the major movements of the later 19th century, the collection has a distinct focus on works by British artists and designers. Academically important and highly regarded, this collection is a unique microcosm of the best of the period. 

The sale is led by The Light of the World, a contemporary studio version of Holman Hunt’s masterpiece, which became one of the most famous images in the world; the prime versions are in public collections and will never come to the market.  

Ensuring that the scholarly legacy of their life’s work lives on for generations to come, proceeds of the sale will go to The Albert Dawson Educational Trust. Established in 2003, using the second names of the two collectors for its title, the trust promotes and supports the study of 19th century English fine and decorative arts. The increased resources raised will be used to develop a more substantial programme of grants and to enable the trust to offer other support from 2022.

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30 Sep 10:30 AM (BST) Lots 1-303

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Adrian Hume-Sayer

Adrian Hume-Sayer

Director, Specialist | Private & Iconic Collections

A Director of the Private Collections and Country House Sales department, Adrian specialises in furniture and works of art. Since joining the department in 2010 Adrian has been responsible for a number of notable collection sales including: Harewood, Collecting in the Royal Tradition, The Collection of Professor Sir Albert Richardson, and Works of Art from the Collection of the Marquesses of Londonderry as well as orchestrating the sales of the personal collections of Margaret Thatcher and Audrey Hepburn. Training as an auctioneer at the age of twenty-one, Adrian initially worked at Tennant’s Auctioneers in his native North Yorkshire before moving to Bonham’s in 2003 and joining Christie’s in 2009. With a particularly strong interest in all types of English furniture and works of art, Adrian sits on the Council of the Furniture History Society as well as on the Selection Committee for the Attingham Summer School. Adrian also has a strong interest in Architectural history.

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