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Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia

The waves of inspiration that have kept coming to these ancient shores

By Emma Crichton-Miller  

In 2000, a walker on Happisburg beach, Norfolk, picked up a flint handaxe, worked around 700,000 years ago. In 1930, on the same beach, Henry Moore found an ironstone pebble, from which he carved a reclining figure. This autumn, these two objects will open a landmark celebration of the art of East Anglia, featuring paintings by Claude Lorrain, John Sell Cotman and Maggi Hambling, Roman bronzes and fine English medieval silver.

This exhibition honours an engagement with art that dates…

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