Art: Ex-R. A.

Several bearded old gentlemen arriving for an opening at the Tooth Gallery in London last week were pleasantly surprised by the attentions of photographers, who, it turned out, were merely taking no chances of missing the True Beard. The True Beard, when it arrived hours late in a frieze of glamorous ladies, was that of Augustus John, for ten years Britain's most distinguished R. A. and for several weeks her most congratulated ex-R. A. (TIME, May 9). Tooth was opening his first one-man show of paintings in nine years, notable for a dozen...

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