Lord Hesketh’s favourite paint­ing

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The host of the Grey­hound Derby chooses a mov­ing por­trait of a doomed sol­dier

The Rt Hon Lord Hesketh KBE hosts the Grey­hound Derby on June 2 at his Towces­ter Race­course, which, since 2014, has in­cluded a world-class grey­hound track

‘I spent ev­ery sum­mer of my child­hood look­ing at this por­trait hang­ing in the din­ing room of my grand­fa­ther’s sum­mer home, where my great un­cle last saw his fam­ily be­fore catch­ing the night sleeper south to his even­tual death on the Somme. His ap­pear­ance, the ur­gency, youth and strength of char­ac­ter, have an eter­nity that is as true to­day as it was more than a cen­tury ago. Some years later, I spent one win­ter alone in the same house with his nephew–my un­cle, Jamie, who was badly wounded in Nor­mandy–and the pic­ture was of­ten the cen­tre of our dis­cus­sion. All of its truth and painful beauty for­ever’ re­main with me

Lt J. R. D. Mcewen (1896–1916), 1915, by Philip de Lás­zló (1869–1937), 37½in by 25½in, pri­vate col­lec­tion

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