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Face to Face: British Self Portraits in the Twentieth Century

Selected works from the Ruth Borchard Collection

The Ruth Borchard Collection of British Self-Portraits in the Twentieth Century constitutes a labour of love on the part of a collector who conceived it as a logical extension of her taste for reading diaries, autobiographies and letters.

Ruth Borchard, who died in 2000, wrote children’s books, biography and a study of Jewish mysticism. By the time she stopped buying self-portraits she had amassed a collection of 100 works spanning a period of fifty years from 1921 to 1971, each within Borchard’s upper price limit of 21 guineas. In its range and intent Borchard’s is a unique collection. Rooted in a period when British art was engaged in a lively re-examination of what figurative painting might mean, it encapsulates a tradition characterised more by variety than any conventional expectation.

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Publication
FACE TO FACE: BRITISH SELF-PORTRAITS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Philip Vann Published by Sansom and Company Ltd. 220 colour and 25 b/w illustrations, 312 pages.
Exhibition Price: hardback £30, softback £20
To order please email kpg@kingsplace.co.uk

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