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Photo: Lost in transit

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15 March 2013

REAL ACADEMIA DE BELLAS ARTES DE SAN FERNANDO, MADRID

Lost in transit: The Origin of Painting, c.1775-78, by David Allan? (1744-96), after his own original, is one of the treasures bought by King Carlos III of Spain after an English ship was captured by the French in 1779. The rightful owner of this painting, from crate "G.M.", was the Revd George Moir (1741-1818), minister at Peterhead in Scotland. From The English Prize: The capture of the Westmorland, An episode of the grand tour, edited by María Dolores Sánchez-Jáuregui and Scott Wilcox (Yale, £45 (£40.50); 978-0-300-17605-6). This is a sumptuous book full of the research that brought forth an exhibition in the United States and Oxford last year

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