Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Art criticism the Flashman way

‘In my youth, if a lady of quality had expressed her opinion* — as she has a perfect right to do — d’you think she’d have been dragged before a magistrate? Certainly not! She’d have been sent down to the country for a rest, her father would have bought the damned painting, her brother would have horse whipped the artist and that’d be that!’

* i.e. Attacking a painting with a meat cleaver (Speedicut)

Mr American, p.391, Pan Books, paperback edition 1982.

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