Blandings Castle. Grey-haired, with a soft, friendly face, a little like a hare’s, he does not display his steel. He is clad in a tweed jacket that Lord Emsworth might have donned to scratch his favourite pig, as he shows me around his astonishing new gallery, housed in the shell of two buildings, a 19th-century school and a bank.Self-deprecation is for him methodic, accompanied by a gift for a vivid phrase. ‘Money,’ he says, ‘is supposed to pass through you.
If it doesn’t, it can kill you.’The 130 pictures on show are ‘the same number as in the Frick [the celebrated New York collection]’, says Ruffer in a mock boast.
Still, when he sent his 12 Zurbaráns to the Frick on a short world tour, including the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, they were.Read more on telegraph.co.uk