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Lear unbuttoned

by Dr Sarah Engledow, 1 July 2011

Sarah Engledow steps up to the footlights and applauds the storyline behind Nicholas Harding's portraits of actor John Bell.

John Bell as King Lear oil on Belgian linen, 2001 by Nicholas Harding
John Bell as King Lear oil on Belgian linen, 2001 by Nicholas Harding