June 3 2021

Caulfield works acquired by Pallant House Gallery

From the collection of MJ Long and Sir Colin St John Wilson

A collection of Pop art and British figurative art, with over 175 paintings, prints and sculptures, has been allocated to Pallant House Gallery from the estate of the architect MJ Long via the Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme, run by the Arts Council.


The Wilson collection includes celebrated works by some of the most important figures in Modern British art, including Michael Andrews, Patrick Caulfield, Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Anthony Caro, Prunella Clough, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, R.B. Kitaj, Eduardo Paolozzi and Colin Self.


Within the collection, there is a particularly strong group of works by Patrick Caulfield, including the artist’s well-known Coloured Still Life (1967), which is accompanied by his later painting Kellerbar (1997) along with twelve preparatory drawings and seven screenprints that provide a fascinating insight into the artist’s working methods.


Simon Martin, Director, Pallant House Gallery said: “We are thrilled to have acquired such an extraordinary collection of modern art for the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme. MJ Long and Colin St John Wilson were much loved and respected figures in the worlds of art and architecture, leaving behind not only extraordinary public buildings and private studios, but amassing an astonishing collection of British Pop and figurative art. To be able to preserve this almost in its entirety is cause for great celebration at a very difficult time for public museums and galleries. We look forward to reopening with many of these works on display amongst our collection of Modern British art.”