Scalini (1912-1966) – the only female artist represented in the Estorick Collection – was born in Como. She met Massimo Campigli in 1935, who described her as being “beautiful, athletic, timid, morose, embarrassed, embarrassing”, and they married in 1937.

In early 1940 Scalini and Campigli collaborated on the design of a vast fresco for the University of Padua. She did not exhibit for many years, but obtained great success once she did. Although influenced by Campigli, she had a personal and distinctive style of her own, akin to Etruscan and Mayan imagery, as well as the art of the Nuragic civilisation of Sardinia.

In 1961 a serious road accident in Switzerland resulted in her losing her memory for months, and she never completely recovered.

History of the Collectors

Eric Estorick (1913-93) was an American sociologist and writer who began seriously to collect works of art after he came to live in England following the Second World War. Born in Brooklyn, Estorick studied at New York University during the early 1930s. It was there that he discovered The Gallery of Living Art in Washington Square College, a remarkable collection containing masterpieces by Picasso, Léger, Miró and Matisse which was to inspire him to become a collector himself.

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The Building

The Estorick Collection is housed in a beautiful Georgian building previously known as Northampton Lodge. It was constructed between 1807 and 1810 by the entrepreneur Henry Leroux of Stoke Newington, who leased a plot of land from the Ninth Earl of Northampton in 1803 to build a series of house.

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The Estorick Collection Library holds a large number of volumes relating to twentieth-century Italian Art. It is open to researchers and Members of the Estorick by appointment.

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