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You too can re-create the office decor of a minor minister at the MoD in the privacy of your own home.

And if that doesn't fetch 'em, I don't know Arkansaw.

Anyway, courtesy of a written answer, the populace now knows what Kevan (sic) Jones hangs on his office walls:

"Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which works of art from the Government Art Collection each Minister in his Department has selected for display in a private office.

Mr. Kevan Jones: I have four works of art from the Government Art Collection (GAC) on display in my private office. They are:

    'Gunner Paul March (Canadian Forces)' by Henry Lamb

    'A Merchantman at Catania' by Bernard Hailstone

    'Dust in Normandy, August 1944' by Stephen Bone

    'The Southwest Prospect of the City of Durham' by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck


And this is what they look like:




None of them are especially heart stopping pieces of work, but pleasant enough and doubtless they decorate the office to good effect. Three have military connections - the Normandy scene was painted just after D-Day, so some credit to Jones for that. As an MP for the north of county Durham, he is admiring the city of Durham from the wrong angle, but no matter.

Moving swiftly on, Jones also commented 'No other Ministers have art from the GAC on display in their private offices'.

Hmm, the people in question are Hutton, Ainsworth, the lantern-jawed 'Baroness' Taylor, and the odious turncoat Quentin Davies. So, if they could not find anything to their tastes in the extensive Government Art Collection, this begs the question whether they just make do with flock wallpaper, a couple of spider plants and a 'You don't have to be mad to work here, but it helps' poster. Alternatively, maybe they have all taken a trip to Athena and variously have the tennis girl, a gaudy poster of a 70s Lamborghini, that one of a waxed-chested pretty boy cradling a baby and 'the Vicar of Bray' written out in cursive script.

A further question reveals what Geoff Hoon and his minions decorate their walls with, and both Fitzpatrick and Clark go for transport-related works. "Building the Stationery Engine House, Camden Town 26 April 1837. Drawings of the London and Birmingham Railway" is a pretty clear pointer, but who would have thought that "Cyber Series 1 and 2" were digital prints of the concourse of London Victoria station? Hoon goes for the less than figurative, and Lord Adonis has shunned the possibility to raid the vaults. Maybe he has prints of his his namesake by Titian or Rubens.

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