Paul Johnson

Fearsome and devilish

Bruce Boucher reviews the first substantial exhibition devoted to the magically delicate sculpture of Desiderio da Settignano.

This life of the 11th Lord Lovat, executed on Tower Hill in 1747, in the aftermath of the ‘Forty-Five’ Rebellion of Bonnie Prince Charlie, is primarily a work of pietas. Its author is the daughter-in-law of the last Lord Lovat, who landed with the first fighting troops of the D-Day invasion of Europe, striding ahead of them accompanied only by his piper.

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