On their bikes: Sotheby’s Old Masters team cycles to Amsterdam

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Sotheby’s en route to Amsterdam

Members of Sotheby’s London Old Masters, and British Paintings and Drawings, departments got out of the auction house and got on their bikes on Friday (18 July)—but this was no ordinary cycle ride. Twenty staff set out on a three-day sponsored bicycle ride from Sotheby’s in New Bond Street to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in a bid to raise funds for a permanently endowed postgraduate scholarship at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art dedicated to Sophie Trevelyan Thomas (Sophie, who worked as deputy director in the Old Master Paintings department at Sotheby’s, died last November). The Sophie Trevelyan Thomas Scholarship will cover the tuition fees for one MA student each academic year, in perpetuity (a £125,000 target has been set). “This will be awarded each year to a student who is taking an MA in any module from the Medieval or Renaissance period, thereby reflecting Sophie’s interests,” the Courtauld says.

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