William Packer

Noticing Beauty

A Picture of Britain

(Tate Britain until 4 September) order from our bookshop

A Picture of Britain

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(Tate Publishing 224pp £19.99) order from our bookshop

Graham Sutherland

(Dulwich Picture Gallery until 25 September; Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, 8 October – 11 December) order from our bookshop

A Picture of Britain must have seemed like a good idea at the time: the pick of three hundred years’ worth of landscape painting in Britain; a tie-in with a major series of television programmes on the BBC; a celebrity presenter, the elder Dimbleby no less, to lend it all his genial authority. Could it go wrong? Yes, it could, and did.

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