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Winston and Big Ben 2015, oil on board 20.7 x 51.3 cm 8.1 x 20.2 ins This is where I should wheel out a punchy Churchill quote. It is often claimed that in response to proposed war-time cuts in arts funding he responded with simply “then what are we fighting for?” Unfortunately, this is bogus; he never said it. However, he did say this:  The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them …Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due. 

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JP Art Gallery Benjamin Hope Observations 2015  
JP Art Gallery Benjamin Hope Observations 2015  

A catalogue of works by Benjamin Hope for the 'Observations' exhibition at JP Art Gallery, London, November 2015

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