Art: In Red Velvet

The British Government is said to have compiled a secret list of twelve paintings, now in private British collections, which authorities consider too precious to let England lose at any price. If such a list exists it could hardly fail to include Titian's Diana, and Actaeon, Reynolds' Master Crewe, Romney's Gower Children, Raeburn's The MacNab, Gainsborough's-portrait of Anne, Duchess of Cumberland (owned by the King), Lawrence's Lord Lyndoch, two of Lord Ellesmere's Raphaels, or Rembrandt's Rabbi in a Chair. One picture which might well have, been included but evidently was not...

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