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A small correction. Kossoff does not paint landscapes. He paints and draws the cityscapes of London, and he has been doing so for the last sixty years or so.

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British land art used to be depressingly small-scale – but this excellent exhibition breaks new ground

Venus, Flora, Mars and Cupid (Allegory) by Paris Bordone

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This is a story about making amends for cultural asset-stripping in the grand style. A little over three hundred years ago, the debt-ridden grandson of Sir Robert Walpole, England's first Prime Minister, sold off to Catherine the Great of Russia the great art collection amassed by his grandfather.

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