The collection includes remarkable works by British and international artists including Keith Vaughan, Duncan Grant, Graham Sutherland, Alfred Wallis, Ivon Hitchens, Maurice Denis, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Jean Metzinger, Jean Millet, Amedeo Modigliani and Lucien Pissarro.

Mattei Radev, who gives his name to the collection, was a Bulgarian emigree who became a leading picture framer for the London galleries and a feature of artistic and literary Bloomsbury society. The final recipient of the collection, Radev inherited most of the works from his friend Eardley Knollys who had in turn inherited from Eddy Sackville-West following the latter’s death in 1965.

Each man added to the collection and the final selection reflects their differing tastes: Knollys for French artists, and Sackville-West for Modernist pieces. Radev’s additions followed in 1991 - most notably works by Robert Medley when he inherited the collection from Knollys, but his greatest gift was to keep the collection intact.

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