Simon Schama's pick of the government's art collection

Help

Historian Simon Schama has selected a number of works from the government's art collection for a new exhibition which explores the British desire to travel and create a distinctly British view in depictions of people and places overseas.

The exhibition, Travelling Light, opens at the Whitechapel Gallery in London on Friday, 16 December, and features works which appear in British embassies and government buildings around the world but are not normally seen by the public.

Simon Schama explained why he had chosen some of the paintings and sculptures and what they said about the British relationship with home and abroad.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.