Patrons of the arts are serving London's art-loving public well. Earlier this year, we told you about Artist Rooms and Anthony D'Offay's donation of his personal art collection. Now, some rarely- and never-before-seen works are on display at the National Gallery and Tate Britain.
The late Simon Sainsbury (great-grandson of the grocer) bequested 18 works of art with a combined estimated value of £100m to the museums in 2006. Amongst the paintings are works by Monet, Degas, and Gauguin, and three by Lucien Freud, who recently broke records with his "Nude Civil Servant." Other pieces include three Balthuses and a Gainsborough to pair with the one already in the Tate Britain.
The 18 paintings are currently on display at the Tate Britain until 5 October, at which point they will be divided up for their permanent displays there and at the National Gallery.
Image courtesy of Simon Rigglesworth via the Londonist Flickrpool.