The Evening Standard details the £1m gift of Picasso’s etchings made to the British Museum:
Hamish Parker, a director of Mondrian Investment Partners, made the generous gesture after discovering that owning a complete 100-piece set of the works was a dream of museum curator Stephen Coppel. […] It has been purchased from heirs of Henri Petiet, a dealer who bought them from the estate of art dealer and print publisher Ambroise Vollard who commissioned them.
When the so-called “Vollard Suite” goes on show at the museum next summer, it will be the first time a complete set will have been shown in Britain for half a century. […] Asked how difficult it was effectively to give them away, he said: “It gives me more pleasure that I was buying them for the British Museum than if I was buying them for myself.”
Businessman’s £1m gift of Picasso etchings (Evening Standard)