Lunch at Ampthill Park house (Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2H) – home to Sir Timothy and Lady Clifford – followed by A visit to Avenue House – home to Tim Knox and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan FAI UK invites you to a very special day out; a visit to two extraordinary Bedfordshire private Houses which are not open to the general public. Sir Timothy is the former director of the National Galleries of Scotland and one of the UK’s leading collectors of Old Master painting, a famously acute “eye”. Together with his wife Jane, who is who is an interior designer, he has restored Ampthill Park House to house his collection.
The gallery calls it “a tale of two artists and brothers-in-law, a story of art, family, rivalry and personality” and it is the first ever exhibition to explore the creative links between the two. This once in a lifetime opportunity is sure to be popular, so here is a rare opportunity to see the show before the crowds enter the gallery. From 9 to 10.
The Garrick is one of the best known London men’s clubs, founded specifically for those with an interest in the theatre. It was built in the Italian palazzo style but is a bastion of traditional Englishness. It is also home to one of the finest collections of theatrical portraits, dating from the eighteenth century to the present day.