Letter: National whimsy

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Sir: I have long thought the English to be a somewhat infantilised nation. The fact that an EH Shepard drawing of Pooh dropping a stone raises pounds 67,000 while, in and around St James's, you can buy a fine Bonnard lithograph for pounds 4,000 or an original Maillol drawing for pounds 16,000, says it all. Whimsy rules, and the boy never grew up!

Professor PHILIP STOTT

Gravesend, Kent

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