Art: Out of a Cottage

The picture had hung for years above the fireplace of a cottage in the Thames side village of Bray: a long-nosed, sallow ascetic with a scarred mouth, dressed in fur-trimmed doublet and dark scholar's cloak. A gold halo and inscription announce him to be St. Ivo, "the poor man's lawyer." Behind him, a window discloses silver water, trees, a farm, an arched bridge. The little panel (it measures 181 in. by 141 in.) had disappeared in the Middle Ages and reappeared late in the 19th century in the collection of the first Lord Newlands...

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