Art: Portraiture by Command

On the walls of the highly decorated Wildenstein Galleries in Manhattan last week hung a collection of 48 lush canvases, opulently framed, softly lit, richly varnished. Ten of them were mural studies of the Prophets of Israel. The rest were the latest crop of portraits of bigwigs by Britain's Frank O. Salisbury, member of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and favorite portraitist of George V.

Probably no living artist has painted quite so many kings, queens, tycoons and great ladies as small, bald, dynamic Philip de Laszlo. Yet for 20 years Glazier Salisbury has...

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