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Bargain Hunt at the Barber

Following the fantastic coverage of the Barber’s collections by The One Show last year, the gallery is once more the subject of a popular BBC TV programme, Bargain Hunt.

Filming for the show took place all the way back in June 2012, when quirky art expert and Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott visited with the show’s film crew, eager to uncover some of the Barber’s lesser known gems. These included sculpture, such as Edgar Degas ‘Horse Trotting’ and Antoine-Louis Barye’s ‘Tiger Walking’.

Former Sotheby’s director Wonnacott also gave his verdict on some of the Barber’s more popular works, including Gainsborough’s ‘The Harvest Wagon’, Monet’s ‘Church at Varengeville’ and Gaughin’s ‘Bathers at Tahiti’.

The series of features is set to focus on different aspects of the Barber:

  • The History of the Barber Institute
  • The Impressionists
  • The Sculptures
  • The Collections

The first film, which focused on the Impressionist works in the collection, was broadcast on BBC 1 at 12.15pm, Wednesday 9th January 2013. If you missed the programme – don’t worry – you can always catch up on BBC iPlayer:

The subsequent features are to be shown on BBC1 at 12.15pm on Wednesday 30th January and Friday 8th February, with the final feature episode set to air at the end of February – so watch out for these!


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