Art: Wilsonia

Woodrow Wilson led all the rest. It was an auction at Christie's in London last week, where Sir William Orphen's portraits of 36 Versailles peacemakers went upon the block.

Fame and art combined to produce the following price scale: Woodrow Wilson, £2,730; General Smuts ("the strong man with the fearless blue eyes"), £540; General Pershing, £525; Lloyd George, £480; Clemenceau, £400; Sir Henry Wilson, Field Marshal (who was assassinated and who once called Sir William Orphen "a nasty little wasp"), £380.

George Bernard Shaw was present, but not for sale.


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