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Celia Paul is the least noisy portrait painter in oils imaginable. Her subjects - which usually tend to be relatives, close friends or herself - exist within a kind of religiose hush of rapt self-absorption.

Arts: GRAND MASTER FLESH

As Lucian Freud shows 'Some New Paintings' at the Tate, Tim Hilton considers the painter's long career and, overleaf, Bruce Bernard describes sitting for his friend

Obituary: Maureen, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava

HER somehow 18th-century rococo title, her flamboyant image and penchant for practical jokes and occasional litigation made Maureen, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava the stuff of more than 70 years' worth of high society gossip columns.

Warhol `Marilyn' fetches pounds 10m

BUYERS at Sotheby's in New York on Thursday night were stunned when Andy Warhol's 1964 silk-screen print Orange Marilyn sold for an astonishing $17.3m (pounds 10.6m), more than four times the highest previous price paid for a Warhol and five times the pre-sale expectation.

Television: Why I'm loving the alien

FIRST COMES the red, blobby title sequence, and then it's the Second World War. There has been a bombing raid, but what has fallen to earth is not a Heinkel, nor a Messerschmitt. It is probably a ZZxyppt 5, or whatever they call them in Alienland, whence it obviously hails.

Will a change of scene leave Beryl Cook uninspired?

From Constable's Suffolk to Lowry's Salford, painters are creatures of habit when it comes to their creative territory. As Beryl Cook leaves her Plymouth haunts to move nearer to her family in Bristol, Jack O'Sullivan examines the relationship between artists and their favoured landscapes.

HOW WE MET: ROBERT HUGHES AND BERNARD JACOBSON

The art historian Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938. Since 1970 he has lived and worked in the US, notably as 'Time' magazine's art writer for the past 25 years. He is one of the world's most admired critics and has won numerous awards, including 1997's Richard Dimbleby Award for his TV series 'American Visions'. He lives with his wife and children in Shelter Island, New York State. The art dealer Bernard Jacobson, 54 (far right), is possibly the leading dealer of modern British art. Until 1969 he worked as a journalist in London and New York; he then started his own business, eventually establishing a stable of 'names' that includes Henry Moore, David Hockney and Sam Francis. He lives in London with his wife and children

Party People: Daytime? Such a bore

New Year's Eve doesn't mean much to night people. To them, practically every night is party night. Ann Treneman stays up late to meet them.

Rumours fly as 'frightened' Freud biographer vanishes

Ros Wynne-Jones and Jojo Moyes investigate the strange disappearance of a writer, whose book may be abandoned following allegations of threats

Visual arts: Rearguard action

After photography, modernism, abstraction, is there anything left for figurative painting to do? An exhibition at Flowers East reveals how the form is fighting back against natural obsolescence. By Tom Lubbock

VISUAL ARTS

British Figurative Art, Flowers East, 199-205 Richmond Road, London E8 (0181-985 3333) to 21 Sept

David takes on the Philistines as Hockney displays his true colours

David Hockney, our best-known living artist, last night warned the new Prime Minister that Britain doesn't need a government of "bossy prefects", and airily suggested that Jack Straw should make legalising marijuana a priority.

Books: The totem of Taboo

Chris Savage King on an Eighties icon

An A to Zebra of Lucian Freud

A new exhibition of the artist's early works reveals the unlikely influence of stuffed animals.

Books: Soldiers, sailors and airheads

There's more to life than dropped names, says Michael Arditti; Never a Normal Man by Daniel Farson, HarperCollins, pounds 25
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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