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IT'S A long, lukewarm summer at the Royal Academy, where the 230th annual Summer Show - ritually panned by critics as mediocre, feeble and fatuous - lasts until 16 August. To see whether the 13 RA selectors are as myopic as they are made out, visit the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, where more than 1,000 of the 8,298 Summer Show rejects are on show until 7 September at prices ranging from under pounds 100 to pounds 2,500. The Gallery is at 124 The Cut, London SE1, opposite the Old Vic (0171-620 1322). Entry is pounds 7 to the RA show in Piccadilly, London W1 (0171-300 5760/5761).

IF YOU thought Scottish watercolours were all heather and stags at bay, take a look at the first London exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water-Colours at the Bankside Gallery, from Thursday until 12 July. It includes an accomplished abstract by Charles MacQueen, The Ribat of Monastir, his memory of a mosque in Tunisia, priced pounds 2,100. Prices range from pounds 198 to pounds 7,500. Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 (0171-928 7521).

THE SILVERSMITH David Clarke, 31, who graduated from the RCA last year, turns dining tables into play spaces with his tree-like fruit bowls. His designs are pounds 1,725 to pounds 4,500 from Friday to 16 July in a group show, Silver Patinated and Polished, at the Leslie Craze Gallery, 34 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1 (0171-608 0393).

INDIA'S 16th-CENTURY invaders, the Moguls, insisted on drawing and painting that had perspective, unlike the flat indigenous style of the time. One result is the 18th-century portrait above. It is estimated at pounds 100 to pounds 200 in Christie's South Kensington's big clear-out sale of Oriental, Tibetan, Himalayan and Islamic Art from the London dealers Spink. The sale is Friday and Saturday (10.30am daily), 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 (0171-581 7611).