About the author
Words and pictures:

(p.4) Woman in White
(p.7) Stanley Spencer
(p.31) Augustus John
(p.41) Cranach 's Eve
(p.140) Gainsborough
(p.166) Mrs Dalloway
(p.188) Lucio Fontana
Gwen John

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After Anjelica (detail)       

'Anjelica joined me in front of the Gainsborough. The lady looked coolly out at us, composed and alone.'  (p. 140)

 Thomas Gainsborough, Mary, Countess Howe (c.1760)

Gainsborough painting

On display at Kenwood House, The Iveagh Bequest, London © English Heritage Photo Library