- 6 November 2020
Thomas Gainsborough: The Portraits, Fancy Pictures and Copies after Old Masters by Hugh Belsey, a Paul Mellon Centre publication, has been announced as the winner of the eighteenth annual William MB Berger Prize for British Art History. The judges said:
“A magnificent book. Difficult to find any flaws in it, a magnum opus. It brings to life so many female sitters, who have now been given their place in history for the first time. Magisterial. Author and publisher are to be congratulated.”
The annual prize was created in 2001 to recognise excellence in the field of British art history by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) and The British Art Journal, in honour of the late American collector and patron William MB Berger.