A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 30, 1965

LIKE many portraitists, John Singer Sargent had to endure the pique of sitters who did not like the results. A portrait, he once said, is a painting "with a little something wrong about the mouth."

When the sitter for this week's cover by Italian Painter Pietro Annigoni saw the finished sketch at No. 10 Downing Street one morning last week, he wondered at first if there wasn't something a little wrong about the eyes. British Prime Minister Harold Wilson showed the drawing to an aide and asked if his eyes really closed that much....

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