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  1. 23 Jul
    Mon / 2012
    The subjects of portraits by English painter Thomas Gainsborough were more than just pretty faces. John Joseph Merlin, for instance, was an ingenious inventor and maker of musical instruments, and he’s now known as the father of the roller skate. . . .

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  2. 27 Jun
    Wed / 2012
    The name Guinness may first have become famous because of the world-renowned brewery, but today the name might be just as recognizable to fashion aficionados as it is to beer drinkers. That’s thanks to fashion icon Daphne Guinness . . .

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  3. 22 Jun
    Fri / 2012
    Who’s that cover girl starring on the Kenwood House exhibition catalogue? None other than the indisputably beautiful Mary, Countess Howe. Putting her best (elegantly dressed) foot forward in her full-length portrait by Thomas Gainsborough, she stands proudly in a dress that would have been at the height of fashion in the mid-1700s. Her pale complexion and arsenal of expensive accessories also attest to her aristocratic status.

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  4. 08 Jun
    Fri / 2012
    The first character we introduce you to must be Edward Cecil Guinness, the first Earl of Iveagh and the third son of Arthur Guinness. (Arthur’s grandfather founded the famous Guinness brewery.) Since Edward Cecil wasn’t . . .

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  5. 04 Jun
    Mon / 2012
    “You’ll never regret this,” the seller told him. That’s what art collector George Abrams remembers from his first Rembrandt purchase. Now, five decades later, selections from the Maida and George Abrams Collection comprise the exhibition "Drawings by Rembrandt, His Students, and Circle." This show marks . . .

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