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...the relationship between two or more people linked by mutual affection, typically excluding family and sexual relations


Old English, related to free, 'under no control'

[Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 2007]

The biographies grouped under this theme explore the friendship between artists, collectors and travellers. Did you realise that it is due to an East African collector and an Arab sultan that a spectacular bronze lion from Yemen can now be viewed in the Fitzwilliam Museum?