VIRGINIANS who turn out next week for the festivities at Richmond's 20-year-old Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will find themselves in an 18th-century garden, strolling past a decorative fountain and wandering among shrubs and period statuary. In a gallery at the end of a vine-covered arbor, they will find the museum's guest of honor and newest pride: a small, gold-framed 12¾-in.-by-9½-in. painting, Le Lorgneur or The Sidelong Glance (opposite), by famed 18th-century French Painter Jean-Antoine Watteau. Filling the rest of the gallery will be a loan exhibition of some 50 paintings and drawings by such other 18th-century French painters as...

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