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From 18th-century caricaturists to Desperate Dan, the art of talking in picture-form has a long and (mostly) distinguished history

Mrs Craddock dons Britannia's robes

IN FRANCE they have had Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, and the former Chanel model Ines de la Fressange. In Britain we have Karin Craddock.

BOOK REVIEW / The sacred kowtow: Godfrey Hodgson on how Chinese ceremony and British arrogance led to a historic stand-off - 'The Collision of Two Civilisations' - Alain Peyrefitte, Tr. Jon Rothschild: Harvill, 20 pounds

EARLY IN the morning of 14 September 1793, George, Lord Macartney, the first British ambassador ever to visit the Chinese court, entered the imperial tent in Jehol, the Manchu capital, to see the emperor Qianlong.

Letter: One in hand

Sir: On a recent visit to London, I went to the National Army Museum to see a painting by Sir William Beechey.

BOOK REVIEW / A hand up for the nation: 'Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837' - Linda Colley: Yale, 19.95 pounds

WHEN the widely disliked Prince of Wales finally succeeded to the throne in 1820, his long-estranged wife, Caroline, sought to reclaim her position as Queen. The new King would not be reconciled, and insisted that Caroline be tried for adultery in the House of Lords. But the great British public, and particularly the womenfolk, stood behind the Oueen. As a contemporary ballad urged: 'Ye British wives / Support your injured Queen / Assert her rights; they are your own, / As plainly may be seen.'

TV antiques man's collection for sale

THE TREASURED collection of Britain's most famous antiques dealer, Arthur Negus, is set to go under the hammer next month.

ART MARKET / The Groombridge inheritance: The contents of the house in The Draughtsman's Contract, some in place since Stuart times, are for sale. Leslie Geddes-Brown reports

Exactly 200 years ago, a pair of ornate glass chandeliers was being hoisted for the house-warming of Robert Burges, who had recently moved into Groombridge Place - a handsome, moated redbrick pile just outside Tunbridge Wells in Kent. One crashed to the ground during the party, narrowly missing the guests. The other hangs in Groombridge's dark-panelled drawing room to this day, its spear-shaped finials splitting into rainbows the sunlight that floods in from the window beside the moat.

ART / Exhibitions: Just watch this face: Jumping the gun in Edinburgh: quirky portraits and (right) goofy sculptures

THE ARTIST himself has awkward features: a punchy lower jaw, clamped assertively beneath a receding and cleft upper lip and an ineradicable five o'clock shadow. Or so he portrays himself. But it is not a well-known face.

Art Market: The price of history: Furniture researchers have identified three classifications of 'Chippendale' - 'by', 'attributed to' and 'in the manner of' - and, of course, the prices have followed suit

THOMAS Chippendale may be the best known of all British furniture makers but his work is hard to collect. He didn't sign or label his furniture, so only the pieces made for stately homes, whose stewards kept the bills, can demonstrably be described as his very own.

GARDENING / When everything's not coming up roses: The Banksian needs room to show off its charms. So a rose by any other name is a better bet in a tight space, says Anna Pavord

'PLEASE will you write about Banksian roses,' wrote Judy Martin from Notting Hill Gate in London. 'I long to know more about why mine has failed. I keep reading about how glorious they are and have never seen a single bloom on my (pot) plant. I've fertilised, sprayed and it looks worse than ever. The leaves die back before they grow and those that have grown are sick and drooping. Help]'

The barefoot aristocrat tells of life and lies: Tim Kelsey meets Lord Bath but fails to interview him

THE NEW Marquess of Bath was polite but firm. He had changed his mind about the interview. 'I've turned everybody else down, so I can't really talk to you,' he said. 'I could, I suppose, answer specific questions . . .'
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