Visit the UK's Finest Private Collection of Dutch Masters

Posted: 2016-09-01 11:32:52 - Last updated: 2016-09-01 11:36:03

Join BADA Friends for an exclusive Private Tour of the Harold Samuel Collection at The Mansion House, home of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, on Wednesday 14 September.

Formed of eighty-four works of art, the Harold Samuel Collection is a unique selection of 17th century Old Masters from Holland’s Golden Age which combine to form the finest collection of Dutch and Flemish art assembled privately in the UK for over a century.

The remarkable collection was bequeathed to the City of London in 1987 by wealthy property developer and philanthropist Sit Harold Samuel of Wych Cross, making a remarkable addition to the fine art and sculpture already on display at The Mansion House.

Perhaps the best know picture in the collection is The Merry Lute player (pictured below), painted between 1624-28 by Frans Hals. The painting made headlines in 1963 when it was bought for a record price in a New York Auction. The auction also marked the first instance of the use of telephone bidding from London.

The Mansion House tour begins at 11.00am on Wednesday 14 September and tickets are priced at £20 for BADA Friends, or at a Guest price of £25 for non-members. Tickets for the event are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To make a booking or to become a member of the Friends call 020 7581 5259 or email Friends Director Anne Green at

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