Major bequest for AGNSW - Art Collector

25 October 2010 | Retired Sydney-based lawyer Kenneth Reed has donated a substantial collection of old master paintings, Italian Maiolica and European 18th century porcelain to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The bequest comprises over 70 objects. The AGNSW’s director Edmund Capon described it as the most significant addition to the gallery’s European collection to date.

Reed, who has been a collector of European fine and decorative arts for some 25 years, says he was inspired to donate the works to the AGNSW because of his fond memories of Sunday afternoons spent at the gallery as a child.

The pictures will now be exhibited in the gallery’s old courts until 16 January 2011 and will then return to Reed until the bequest takes effect. The ceramics will remain on show.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Joshua Reynolds, The Holy Family c1790. Collection Kenneth Reed. Courtesy: AGNSW, Sydney

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