Spain in England– how Spanish paintings came to this country

Have you ever wondered how Velázquez’s Waterseller of Seville came to be in Apsley House, or why his Venus and Cupid ended up in the National Gallery? Or what Murillo’s beggar boys with their grubby feet are doing in Dulwich? Or why Velázquez’s old woman is cooking her eggs in Edinburgh? Or what Goya’s neighbour, Isabel de Porcel, is doing in London?  This lecture explores how British collections came to own many prize paintings by Spain’s greatest artists –  paintings are put into their historical context, and we look at the extraordinary circumstances of their journeys from Spain, and at the collectors, dealers, and diplomats who brought them.