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Bliss of Bournemouth - Barry Humphries

Regulars | By Barry Humphries

Christmas Morning by John Brett (1831-1902) shows the sinking of SS London in 1866

Thank God! Britain’s best gallery has been left untouched by the vandals of the art world. By Barry Humphries

The Savoy Hotel in Bournemouth was one of the chief delights of a recent tour. It pretends to be in Miami – without the cockroaches – and it I was by far the best I stayed at, and with the youngest and most cheerful staff. After breakfast (served, not foraged), I climbed the cliff path to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, a Victorian gem next door to the venerable Royal Bath Hotel. The Russell-Cotes is my favourite art gallery in Britain, filled with treasures. The John Brett picture of a shipwreck is a masterpiece, and War Profiteers by Christopher Nevinson was a huge surprise; surely his best picture....

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