Art: Helping Britain Buy British

With a U.S. assist, the Tate raises enough to save two Stubbs

In the glory days of Empire, English art buyers plundered the riches of Italy, France and Greece. But since World War II, the down-at-heel British lion has been unable to compete with Americans, Japanese, and assorted European collectors in the all too open international art market. As a result they have begun to concentrate on simply hanging onto whatever treasures they already have. They rallied round to raise $4 million, thus saving a Titian. But another masterpiece —Velásquez's portrait of his assistant Juan de Pareja, for example, was snatched from them in 1970...

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