A portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger of Frances Howard, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox. It is one of the exhibits at Sotheby’s summer exhibition having been loaned by Compton Verney.

Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

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Titled London: An Artistic Crossroads, the show is staged in partnership with Art UK and runs at Sotheby’s New Bond Street rooms from May 25-July 5.

The earliest work in the exhibition is a portrait by Flemish painter Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (c.1561-1636), an artist who became one of the most sought-after portraitists in England after emigrating to the country in the early 16th century. The picture of Frances Howard, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, from c.1621, comes from the collection of Compton Verney in Warwickshire.

Other works on show include paintings by André Derain, Piet Mondrian, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Bowling and RB Kitaj, while ceramics by Dame Magdalene Odundo and Dame Lucie Rie are also featured.

Sotheby’s said London: An Artistic Crossroads will be complemented by “a rolling series of adjacent exhibitions and auctions, including material that further illuminates the central theme”.

The show is the latest in a series of annual summer exhibitions staged by Sotheby’s. It was preceded by Portraits from Chatsworth – A Loan Exhibition, staged last year to coincide with the reopening of The National Portrait Gallery, and Jubilee Arts Festival which was held in 2022 marking Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne.


One of two works by Dame Lucie Rie featured at the Sotheby’s show is this bowl from 1975. The works have been loaned from the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Image: Estate of Lucie Rie

The exhibition is open to the public and is free of charge.