Art: Loaded Gunn

One of the best-paid painters in the world today is Britain's James Gunn, 60. As the nation's top society portraitist, he earns more than $50,000 a year painting such famous names and faces as Field Marshal Montgomery, the Duke of Edinburgh, U.S. Ambassador Winthrop Aldrich. Last week Gunn reached a climax of his career when his official state portrait of Queen Elizabeth took the place of honor at the new Royal Academy exhibition in London.

The critics greeted Gunn's latest effort with wintry disdain. But the public found his royal portrait even more of...

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