Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Riding to the Rescue

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Riding to the Rescue

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As cuts in government funding begin to bite, the innovative Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn finds itself short of £350,000 a year, and its long-serving artistic director, Nicolas Kent, is standing down as a result. Into the breach has stepped 89-year-old philanthropist and Tricycle devotee Al Weil. He is donating 37 paintings (including 'The Gulf of Salerno', above) by an artist he has collected since the 1960s, the distinguished Victorian watercolourist Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1821-1906).

Brabazon was a man of means who didn't have to sell his work to survive, but nevertheless created a body of paintings and drawings of rare sensibility. He travelled widely, painting and sketching as he went ('I live for Art and Sunshine, ' he said), but didn't exhibit his work until in his 70s, preferring to cling to the status of amateur. …

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