Art for old farts’ sake

Many thanks come from Tulkinghorn and several of his cronies, who spent an enjoyable hour or two looking at the pics in the National Gallery last Monday (4 September) courtesy of Latham & Watkins.

The bash, in honour of US Labor Day, featured guided tours of several of the paintings, including Caravaggio’s The Supper at Emmaus, Rubens’ Samson and Delilah, and The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Talking of ambassadors, the Chilean representative of that ilk Rafael Moreno appeared to be having a spot of trouble with the magnetic name badges. The poor man was in danger of losing it to the wastes of the National Gallery floor until one of Tulkinghorn’s hacks spotted his troubles and rescued the badge from the floor. So, at least this episode had a happy ending. Sadly, the same could not be said of everything that occurred on that fateful day.

As the legions of Australian lawyers peopling the City will be only too aware, last Monday also saw the untimely and tragic death of TV naturalist Steve ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin (pictured). Bravely, Latham, the London office of which is headed by the ever-so-slightly Australian Andrew Moyle, decided to go ahead with the party. Witnesses reported that Moyle was “visibly moved”, although rumours that he was planning to suggest a two-minute silence could not be confirmed.