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Anamorphic skulls, a head made of blood, the morbid sensibilities of the pre-Raphaelites and the last days of Richelieu. Richard D North goes on a funereal procession through the major London exhibitions but finds, as the seasonal excesses move into high gear, that he has plenty to smile about.

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VISUAL ARTS Stephen Cox Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Dulwich Picture Gallery, as its name suggests, is not a place where one expects to see sculpture. Paintings are their thing, old ones mostly, including some of London's best works by Rembrandt, Watteau and Poussin. This summer, however, the place has a pointedly different feel thanks to an exhibition of sculpture by Stephen Cox.

Letter: Free for a day

Sir: Eleanor Boyle (Letters, 30 June) will be pleased to know that we at Dulwich Picture Gallery operate exactly the Continental free day system, which she advocates. Normally the Gallery costs pounds 3 or pounds 1.50 concession, with free admission for children and the unemployed; on Friday it is free for all. England's oldest public art gallery receives no revenue funding from the state.

We need light to read by, not to be dazzled by, to find our way through corridors, not to be lit up like escaping prisoners-of-war

Thank you for your cacophony of letters on the subject of noise. You clearly feel strongly about the extraordinary volume and ever-increasing sources of noise we are subject to. Writing this, I have just got off a Docklands Light Railway train that took over half an hour to complete the brief run from Bank to Canary Wharf. During that time, the "train captain" was unable to stop wittering over the PA system, at the top of his voice, misinforming "customers" about computer problems (bring back steam), signal problems, points problems and all problems to Island Gardens. Thirty minutes of Tony Hancock, fine (30 minutes of John Cage even better); but 30 minutes of reverberating verbal junk, when 30 seconds would have been more than necessary, did seem to upset passengers, although not those who, glued to thunderous personal stereos, would have been oblivious to all announcements, even one warning them that King Kong was about to pick up the horrid little train and eat it.


Which are our greatest works of art? Richard Inglebyasked 100 experts to pick their 10 favourite paintings. Theresults, published this week and next, may surprise youfour seasons in one day lying in the depths of your imagination worlds above and worlds below the sun shines on the black clouds hanging over the domain even when your feeling warm the temperature can drop

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Visual Arts: Death, Passion and Politics Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

On May Day 1633, Sir Kenelm Digby, on entering his wife's bedchamber, was unable to awaken her. She had died in her sleep. Her death, which opens the final chapter of one of the great love stories of the 17th century, is the focus of an enthralling exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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