Through a new program, endowed by John F. O’Brien, a longtime Friend of the Yale Center for British Art, the Center recently received a David Wilkie (1785–1841) pen-and-ink drawing, Naval Figures Aboard a Ship. The process allowed eleven student guides from the Center to gain hands-on experience in acquiring art. “I wanted students to understand the business aspect of the art world but also to come away with the understanding that art is accessible and can be a part of their lives,” said O’Brien, who majored in economics and history in college. Students who have worked at the Center as guides for at least a year were eligible to participate. Scott Wilcox, the Center’s Deputy Director for Collections; Gillian Forrester, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings; and Linda Friedlaender, Senior Curator of Education, met with students to provide training in connoisseurial

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