In Search of a Masterpiece

An Art Lover's Guide to Great Britain and Ireland



ISBN: 9780500238844 Category:

Christopher Lloyd


In Search of a Masterpiece is a personal selection of paintings that Christopher Lloyd has come across and enjoyed in public collections during the course of his career, and its purpose is to encourage others to visit galleries and museums and enjoy the same and further pleasures.

The search begins in London, but very much lies further afield, including some surprises and many pictures of marvellous quality: a learned and enthusiastic guide, Christopher Lloyd leads us through the regions of England and on to Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Throughout, short outlines are given of the history of the museums and galleries from which the selection is made. In the course of the journey he introduces 266 paintings by a host of artists from different centuries and countries, from c.1300 to the present day. Some of the works are world-famous, while others are exciting discoveries that a visitor might well miss. Each entry includes an account of the artist.

In Search of a Masterpiece can be enjoyed at home or in a museum, in the company of the chosen pictures. Throughout, Christopher Lloyd’s intention is to share the thrill of expectation and sheer visual pleasure that he experiences whenever he walks into a gallery full of pictures.

Additional information

Weight 1684 g
Dimensions 19.4 x 25.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2011
Number of pages 496
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.4 x 25.3 cm
Weight 1684 g


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Christopher Lloyd is President of NADFAS, Trustee of the Art Fund, and Governor of Gainsborough's House at Sudbury. His publications include monographs on painters, particularly Camille Pissarro, official catalogues of museum collections, and general surveys of the British Royal Collection. In addition, he has organized and curated numerous exhibitions and made a six-part television series on the paintings in the Royal Collection for British television (1992) - the first documentary to have been made in high definition.