Bought with Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections is a History Documentary programme.

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Bought with Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections

With Britain's country houses being home to world-class art collections full of priceless old masters and more, this three-part series sees art historian Helen Rosslyn open their doors to tell the story of how so many great paintings came to Britain and of the adventurous men and women who brought them here. In the first episode she reveals the influence of the 17th-century pioneer collectors such as Thomas Howard, the 'Collector' Earl of Arundel, King Charles I and his entourage known as the Whitehall Group. Rosslyn explores how this group also brought a taste for the Baroque to Britain, commissioning continental artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck and later Antonio Verrio. Featuring Verrio's Hell Staircase at Burghley House in Cambridgeshire, as well as highlights from the collections at Arundel Castle in Sussex and Wilton House in Wiltshire, the series offers not only a visual treat but a surprising narrative to Britain's national treasures. episode 1.

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Bought with Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 February 1st, 12:35am and on BBC 4 February 8th, 1:00am. See more...