In Yosemite National Park, California a waterfall glows red like lava annually if the weather conditions are right.
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Monday 06 October 1997
Some Picture's attempt to land greyhound racing's "Triple Crown" failed miserably when he trailed in last in the Irish Derby Final at Shelbourne Park, Dublin, on Saturday.
Monday 11 December 1995
From basketball to football, from America to Australia: the year's best photographs
PICTURE CHOICE / Duncan Grant's 1942 Portrait of Vanessa Bell at Charleston: Robert McPherson admires Duncan Grant's portrait of Vanessa Bell
Tuesday 24 May 1994
'IN THE LIBRARY at Charleston farmhouse hangs Duncan Grant's 1942 Portrait of Vanessa Bell, generously lent by the Tate Gallery. At first glance, the sitter appears rather imperious and forbidding, but on closer inspection one sees a loving and intimate portrait of a sad and beautiful woman in her sixties. The pose is grand, she sits in a high-backed Victorian chair, wearing an apricot cloak lined in dusky pink. The black-shoed foot pointing downwards echoes one of Grant's favourite works of art - Gainsborough's Countess Howe at Kenwood. But unlike the cool meticulousness of the latter, here we have lashings of paint. This, after all, was a portrait of a woman whom Duncan Grant had known intimately for over 30 years. It was painted five years after the death of her elder son Julian in the Spanish Civil War and only a year after the suicide of her sister, Virginia Woolf; the tragedy is all too visible. It is hauntingly beautiful.'
Thursday 15 April 1993
Sir: Michael P. King's letter (9 April) about the French pictures in Russia is a little puzzling. Surely it is common knowledge that most, if not all, of these pictures were collected by Morozov and Shchukin, who were Moscow merchants? Who were the two 'St Petersburg merchants', unnamed by Mr King, to whom he attributes the ownership of 'the bulk of the collections'?
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