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The MJ Long Acquisition

Winner of the Apollo Magazine Acquisition Award 2021 and the Gallery's most significant single acquisition in over 15 years

Fulfilling the wishes of Colin St. John Wilson and MJ Long, this acquisition reunites their significant collections and secures it for posterity as an entity for public benefit. It creates one of the country’s largest and most important collections of British Pop Art, allowing Pallant House Gallery to explore the full breadth of Modern British art.

The MJ Long acquisition adds 175 varied works to the Pallant House Gallery collection through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, bringing together an exceptional collection of British Pop and figurative art.

It is one of the gallery’s most important single acquisitions in the last 15 years and includes art from notable figures in Modern British art including Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Anthony Caro, Patrick Caulfield, Prunella Clough, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, R.B. Kitaj, Eduardo Paolozzi and Colin Self.

The acquisition won the Apollo Magazine Acquisition Award 2021.

The Wilson Collection

The Wilson Collection has been presented as one entity at Pallant House Gallery, but was made up of the Wilson Gift through the Art Fund containing 400 works and the Wilson Loan of 300 items.

The MJ Long acquisition includes 175 items from the ‘Wilson Loan’ and fulfils the wish of architects Sandy Wilson and M.J. Long, that one day their collection might be permanently secured together for posterity as an entity for public benefit.

The collection was created by the American architect MJ Long OBE and her husband, British architect Sir Colin St John Wilson. They are known as the architects of the British Library and our own extension (2006) and together built one of the most significant collections of post war British art.

Many of the artists in the collection, such as R.B. Kitaj, Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, were personal friends of the couple with their approach to artistic patronage spanning the connections between art, architecture, literature and philosophy.

We are delighted that this astonishing collection now has a permanent home at the gallery.

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Sandy Wilson and MJ Long in front of the Architects

Sandy Wilson and MJ Long in front of the Architects