LETTER:Art of invention

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From Mr Michael Parkin

Sir: The caption to David Ekserdijian's article "The art of lying" (23 September) refers to Bruno Hat as a "non-existent artist". Although Hat was the invention of Brian Howard, Evelyn Waugh and Harold Acton, the highly accomplished rope paintings attributed to him were actually by John Banting and were produced for an exhibition at the house of Bryan Guinness (later Lord Moyne) in Grosvenor Street, Westminster on 23 June 1929.

Lady Diana Mosley thought the paintings lovely and one which I still own was actually purchased by Lytton Strachey.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Parkin

London, SW1

26 September