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A discerning buyer he started collecting in the early 1960s and carefully assembled over 200 prints and drawings. Under the terms of his will that collection has been left to the British Museum. The critic was a regular at the museum’s prints and drawings exhibitions and study room.

The focus of the collection is post-1960 American and British art although Picasso, Matisse and Miró are also represented. The museum says the Walker collection is the largest and most important bequest of modern work received by the Prints and Drawings department in the past 50 years.

A year after his death the British Museum pays tribute to Alexander Walker and his bequest with an exhibition of 150 works from the collection showing in the Prints and Drawings Gallery from June 15 to January 9 2005.