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Brian Sewell and other matters

Sir: Giles Auty’s appreciation (November 2015) of the recently deceased Brian Sewell focused on the Englishman’s career as a controversial newspaper art critic with an acerbic tongue, but his talents were more significant and wide ranging than probably many Australians are aware of. His father (who committed suicide before Sewell was born) was Peter Warlock, the composer. Born in 1931, Sewell studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, became an acknowledged expert for Christie’s auction house, and later was an art dealer, so when he became art critic for the London Evening Standard in 1984 he had a thorough knowledge…

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