EU shipping is temporarily suspended


An Art Lover’s Guide to Great Britain and Ireland

Christopher Lloyd

Out of stock


An expert guide to the highlights and unexpected treasures of British collections


From Dundee and Dublin to Cardiff and Hull, the British Isles are teeming with some of the world’s greatest paintings. Join the distinguished curator and author Christopher Lloyd on an art-historical treasure trail across the British Isles as he identifies his personal, often idiosyncratic selection of over 260 masterpieces, hidden gems and curiosities in collections around England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.


'A tremendously good idea, very well done … a masterpiece of concision'
Times Literary Supplement

'Enthusiasm, charm, wit, elegant style and an unerring eye ... a very quiet, very British masterpiece'
Daily Telegraph

'Exactly the companion you would wish to take with you on a museum crawl: knowledgeable, urbane and discreetly impatient with dense art-historical lingo'

'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

'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

'Shines a welcome spotlight on under-appreciated regional galleries'
Elle Decoration

Read More

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 16.0 cm

Extent: 496 pp

Publication date: 24 February 2022

ISBN: 9780500296547

Contents List

National Gallery / Imperial War Museum / National Army Museum / National Maritime Museum / National Portrait Gallery /Tate / Victoria and Albert Museum / Apsley House / The Courtauld Institute of Art / Dulwich Picture Gallery /The Foundling Hospital Museum / Guildhall Art Gallery / Kenwood / The Royal Academy of Arts / The Royal Collection: Buckingham Palace / Kensington Palace /The Wallace Collection

The South-East
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery / Bushey Museum and Art Gallery / Pallant House Gallery / The Watts Gallery / The Stanley Spencer Gallery / Towner Art Gallery / Royal Holloway and Bedford New College / Hampton Court Palace / Osborne House / Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery / Portsmouth City Museum and Art Gallery / Southampton City Art Gallery / Windsor Castle

The South-West
Holburne of Menstrie Museum / Victoria Art Gallery / Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum / Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery / Royal Albert Memorial Museum / Falmouth Art Gallery / Penlee House Gallery and Museum / Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery / Swindon Museum and Art Gallery / Royal Cornwall Museum

The East Midlands
Derby Museum and Art Gallery / New Walk Museum and Art Gallery / The Collection / Castle Museum and Art Gallery

The West Midlands
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery / The University of Birmingham - The Barber Institute of Fine Arts / The Ashmolean Museum / Christ Church Picture Gallery / Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery

East Anglia
Fitzwilliam Museum / Kettle’s Yard / The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum / Christchurch Mansion and Wolsey Art Gallery / Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery / Gainsborough’s House

The North-East
The Bowes Museum/ Cartwright Hall Art Gallery / Shipley Art Gallery / Ferens Art Gallery / City Art Gallery / Laing Art Gallery / Millennium Gallery / Preston Hall Museum / York Art Gallery

The North-West
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum / Abbot Hall Museum / National Museums Liverpool: Walker Art Gallery / Manchester City Art Galleries / Gallery Oldham / Lady Lever Art Gallery / Harris Museum and Art Gallery

National Gallery of Scotland / Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art / Aberdeen Art Gallery / Art Gallery and Museum (Dundee) / Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum / The Burrell Collection / Hunterian Art Gallery / The Pier Arts Centre

National Museum of Wales

The Ulster Museum / National Gallery of Art / Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art / Crawford Municipal Gallery

About the Author

Christopher Lloyd is a British art historian. He was Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures from 1988 to 2005. His publications include monographs on painters, particularly Camille Pissarro, official catalogues of museum collections, and general surveys of the British Royal Collection. In addition,he has organized and curated numerous exhibitions and in 1992 made a six-part television series on the paintings in the Royal Collection.