My trea­sured heir­loom

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Nicky Philipps, artist

My grand­fa­ther (Richard) Han­ning Philipps left me his French easel, a wooden paint­box that’s ba­si­cally a box with a drawer and fold­ing tri­pod legs. It’s in per­fect work­ing or­der and is so much bet­ter en­gi­neered than the ones pro­duced to­day. He was a keen am­a­teur land­scape artist who went on to es­tab­lish the Graham Suther­land gallery for the artist, at his home at Picton Cas­tle in South Wales.

When he was serv­ing in North Africa as ADC to Gen Alexan­der, he and the Gen­eral would have reg­u­lar lessons from a young of­fi­cer called Ed­ward Seago, who later be­came a world-fa­mous artist.

Th­ese ses­sions, held af­ter lunch in the Gen­eral’s hut, were dis­guised as es­sen­tial brief­ings that were not to be dis­turbed. It al­ways comes with me th­ese days on land­scap­ing ex­cur­sions.

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