No portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh but …

He collected some impressive titles, including King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania, King of France. When young, he was not just his mother’s favourite. He was also a bit of a rebel, calling himself “a little Huguenot” and apparently “even bit the nose off a statue of Saint Paul”.

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Another victim: Humanity House

Various art and antique magazines as well as papers were concerned about the threat COVID19 was for cultural venues and groups. During the first wave, predictions were bleak and the number of victims expected to be high. Lockdowns throughout Europe were expected to force closures, not just for a lockdown but for ever. Continue reading