FOR nine years past, Ivan Le Lorraine Albright has been laboring over the same painting (opposite). He hopes to finish it in another three. The painting more than justifies Albright's dedication to it even now: it is at least as able as it is odd. The overworked word unique fits Albright's accomplishment exactly.

The artist himself is a brisk, cheery little fellow of 57 bearing an amazing resemblance to the dwarf named Doc in Walt Disney's Snow White. Like Doc, he is white-haired, baldpated, plump, restless and has a stammer. His sad brown eyes are partly hidden behind horn-rimmed spectacles. He laughs...

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