Christina Smith, one of the best-known figures in the London arts scene, has revealed for the first time her vast art collection built up over six decades. Included are works by Frink, Hambling, Hockney, Matisse and Sir Cedric Morris.
Blouin ARTINFO got a preview of some, which are coming up for sale in March. The collector, a noted philanthropist, wants to pass the items on for charity rather than them sitting in store. Works stacked in one of her properties include a striking Frink study of a horse’s head, a large Hambling portrait of Smith herself and a Hockney picture of a shopfront. Many more details are expected to emerge in coming weeks. Prices are on request.
Christina Smith purchased her first artwork at 16, a Picasso print of a dancing girl. Her ventures such as Neal Street East, the Tea House, Smith’s Restaurant and Smith’s Galleries later became famous. She became known as “the Queen of Covent Garden,” the area’s largest private landlord (landlady). She helped save Covent Garden Market from destruction and remains active in preserving the area, supporting local theaters.
The exhibition on March 27-31 2017 will be at Kohn Pederson Fox, 7a Langley Street, London.