Art: Portrait of England

The second important event of London's social season took place last week with the annual Royal Academy exhibition in Burlington House.* The elderly, well-bred gentlemen who pick the pictures showed in the 1,600 they had chosen that modernists' angry scorn for Royal Academy exhibitions had left them utterly unimpressed.

Last week's opening had little to do with art, a lot to do with England. Star picture was Frank Ernest Beresford's The Princes' Vigil showing the four sons of the late King George V standing guard around his catafalque in the ancient barn of West minster...

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