Sunday 2 August 2009

Mrs Robinson Returns

Not the more famous Mrs Robinson played by Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967), but a Mrs Mary Robinson painted by Sir Thomas Gainsborough in 1781. It returns to display at The Wallace Collection in London, having been cleaned to remove several layers of yellowed varnish. You'll find it in the Great Gallery, hung beside Gainsborough's sketch for the portrait, on loan from the Royal Collection. Admission is free. The Wallace Collection is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm (title link).

Note to the writer of The Wallace Collection's e-newsletter: "Mrs." is an ignorant Americanism. "Mrs" is correct English. When the last letter of an abbreviated word is included, the full stop - "period" for Yanks - is superfluous.


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