Donated art collection includes top 20th century British artists

We are pleased to announce that a prominent collection of 20th and 21st century works on paper by British artists including Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud and David Hockney has been donated to the University of Essex.

The selection of artworks form part of the Priseman-Seabrook collection and incorporates work by internationally acclaimed artists. The donation was made possible thanks to the generosity of Wivenhoe artist, Robert Priseman and Alex Seabrook of the University of Essex, who have been collecting and exhibiting British art for several years. Over 100 artworks will now be housed in the Special Collections at the Albert Sloman Library with the purpose of enriching the University community’s artistic experience.

  • Artwork: Painting In Wivenhoe Park, by Simon Carter, acrylic on paper, 2014
  • Artwork: Two Apples and One Lemon and Four Flowers by David Hockney, lithograph, 1997
  • Artwork: Dyke by the Road, by Paul Nash, wood engraving, 1922
  • Artwork: Self Portrait by Philip Tyler, oil on board

We are particularly excited about the collection’s potential for transformative education, as it will play a pivotal role in the School of Philosophy and Art History’s (SPAH) expanding Curatorial Studies programme and will be used for student-led research and exhibitions.

The entire Library team is looking forward to counting on this collection as a new resource for learning and we are honoured that Robert and Alex have chosen the University of Essex as its future home.

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