Letõs send the El­gin Mar­bles home

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

ATHENA re­joiced at the news that the Ar­mada Por­trait of El­iz­a­beth I has been ‘saved for the na­tion’ thanks to the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund (HLF), the Garfield We­ston Foun­da­tion, the Lin­bury Trust, the Headley Trust, the Art Fund and thou­sands of in­di­vid­ual donors. In these days of hyper-in­flated art prices—lu­cian Freud’s Preg­nant Girl sold for £16 mil­lion ear­lier this year—£10.3 mil­lion seems a mod­est price to pay for what is not only the de­fin­i­tive im­age of the Vir­gin Queen, but a pow­er­ful re­minder that Bri­tain was the great­est mar­itime power in his­tory (Vis­ual Arts, July 13). We look for­ward to see­ing it in Green­wich when the Queen’s House is re­opened to the pub­lic in Oc­to­ber.

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