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Cohen Collection: Unseen modern British art on show

Father and Two Sons, LS Lowry 1950
Image caption Lowry's Father and Two Sons was last publicly exhibited in 2001. Photo courtesy of The Frank Cohen Collection

An exhibition of modern British masterpieces, many of which have been unseen in public for decades, has opened at Chatsworth House.

Private collectors Frank and Cherryl Cohen have loaned key paintings and sculptures for the show from their collection spanning the last 40 years.

The exhibit includes works by artists including Stanley Spencer, LS Lowry, Edward Burra and Eduardo Paolozzi.

The pieces will be displayed at Chatsworth in Derbyshire until 10 June.

Curator Robert Upstone has described the Cohen's collection - which has never before been exhibited publicly - as "one of the finest and most definitive private collections of modern British art".

Image caption Stanley Spencer's Conversation Between Punts is one of the rarely seen paintings on display

Key works on display include William Roberts' Primrose Hill which was last exhibited in 1931 and Edward Burra's Striptease, drawn during his time in Harlem, New York, in the 1930s.

Other rarely seen works also featured include Stanley Spencer's Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta: Conversation Between Punts (1955) and William Scott's 1957 Upright Abstract.

The Cohen's collection has been taken out of storage specifically for the exhibition.

It is the first in a new programme of loan exhibitions at Chatsworth House, which has just re-opened following a £14m restoration project.

Frank Cohen said: "Cherryl and I have spent some 40 years putting together our Modern British Collection so it's very personal to us.

"We wanted a setting that would match the quality of the paintings and the New Gallery at Chatsworth is a perfect fit."

The couple's collection of art is based in Wolverhampton where pieces are exhibited in rotation and also loaned to museums and galleries all over the world.

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