War of the Roses

March 3, 1995

(Photograph) - War of the Roses: Picture-hanging in the Manton Room at Lancaster University, which has won a battle with Leeds University over who exhibits the collection of late Leeds professor Irene Manton. Her will stipulated that they should reside at Leeds - save for any on loan elsewhere.

She died in 1988, three days before the cream of the collection, including works by Matisse and Picasso, was due to be returned from Lancaster. Lancaster refused Leeds's request for their return and built the Manton Room for a permanent exhibition. Leeds has reluctantly accepted defeat and will send its 300 Manton paintings to cross the Pennines to Lancaster so the collection can be reunited.

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