The collection starts here
Cork Street, W1, gallery Messum’s has its 13th annual three-day ‘Start a Collection’ exhibition aimed at new buyers and offering high-quality art at knockdown prices. Works include a Rose Hilton interior at £ 6,500, nearly one-third of the original price, and a John Wright Oakes landscape at the bargain price of £4,500 (down from £18,850). It’s possible to buy online, but priority is given to buyers in the gallery for the first 30 minutes of the opening day (August 11), many of whom will have been queuing down the street ( 020–7437 5545; www.startacollection.com).
Sir Peter Scott’s Pintails Piling In (1957) is at half price, £ 8,500