Membership in Emerging Leaders has it’s rewards. They arranged a guided tour of Museum London’s Vaults by the director and chief curator Brian Meehan. Here is my unprecedented look behind closed doors with the museum’s permission to take photos. 5300 works of art and 25,000 pieces of Modern valued in excess of $80 million dollars are housed in massive temperature and humidity controlled vaults under the museum. A recent grant is allowing the art to be photographed for digitization and presentation online which the museum hopes to have up and running by spring time. Frederick Bell-Smith donated the first piece to the collection at Museum London. The museum holds the world’s largest collection of Paul Peel’s work. Notable works: After the Bath and Young Botanist.
Frederick Bell-Smith http://www.historiccanadianart.com/bell-smith.htm