(From the Bath Chronicle, 12/4.)

A major collection of paintings once owned by novelist and playwright Somerset Maugham is to be put on permanent show in Bath.

The works, which have a theatrical theme, will be split between the Holburne Museum and the Theatre Royal after being left to the then unbuilt National Theatre on Maugham’s death in 1965.

The writer built up the collection over several decades, with works by Zoffany, Francis Hayman and Samuel de Wilde acquired through auctions and via dealers.

via www.thisisbath.co.uk

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