Travel Me casa, su casa: the breakfast room

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Stained glass creation sheds artistic light on new Tate gallery

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Letter: Request for help to enjoy Turner winners

Sir: I have a problem with art of the kind that has just won the Turner prize. It is not that I love it, nor indeed that I loathe it. Instead, it is that I look on these artefacts with the same sort of total indifference with which I look upon a dustbin outside my house. In short, I do not react, even with hostility, and I get nothing out of the time spent on the exercise.

Obituary: Sheenah Smith

Sheenah Smith, art historian, died 24 September, aged 51. Deputy Keeper of Art at Glasgow City Art Galleries 1983-92, her research led to many exhibitions including 'The Early View of Scotland' (1983) and an exhibtion of the painter Horatio McCulloch's work (1988).

In the Garden Update: Centuries of design

WORK by Sir John Vanbrugh, Capability Brown and Sir Edwin Lutyens is included in An English Arcadia 1600-1990, an exhibition of designs for gardens and garden buildings in the care of the National Trust. Some 125 original drawings, engravings and watercolours will be on show at Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, 38 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6BB until 15 October. The exhibition then moves to the York City Art Gallery (21 Nov-3 Jan) and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (16 Jan-28 Feb).

Tate acquisition

Portrait of the Artist's Wife (below) by William Dobson, the seventeenth-century artist described in his day as 'the most excellent painter that England hath yet bred', which has been acquired by the Tate Gallery, through a private treaty sale negotiated by Christie's.

Letter: One giant to another

Sir: Tim Harrison ('The tall are tired of being looked down on', 3 August) has plainly not come to terms with the lofty ideals that we giants aspire to. I have found it a great advantage to be 6ft 8in. At social gatherings, you know that if people don't see you, it is because they do not want to; conversely, it is easy at parties to spot pretty girls from a great distance.
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