Lord Dal­meny’s favourite paint­ing

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The Chair­man of Sotheby’s loves a lively de­pic­tion of a hunt

‘I got my first in­tern­ship at Sotheby’s on the back of a precocious es­say on this pic­ture and I still love it with a child­ish sense of won­der. There is no re­li­gious dogma, just en­tranc­ing charm, whimsy and Pony Club hero­ics on dis­play un­der the dark Nar­nian canopy. Study­ing art his­tory at Cam­bridge, I pseud­ishly in­vented echoes of it in es­says on Seu­rat’s Bathers and Hobbema’s Av­enue at Mid­del­har­nis. It now ap­pears per­fectly com­posed for an iphone panorama, as if Paolo had left an Easter egg for to­day in his per­spec­tive les­son from 500 years’ dis­tance

The Hunt in the For­est, about 1470, by Paolo Uc­cello (1397–1475), Ash­molean Mu­seum, Ox­ford

Lord Dal­meny is an auc­tion­eer and the Chair­man of Sotheby’s UK and Ire­land

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