- Associated Press - Thursday, November 11, 2010

LONDON (AP) - What kind of art do British politicians like?

A list of the works chosen to hang in British government offices reveals a fondness for landscapes, battle scenes and portraits of politicians from a bygone age

Labour lawmaker Tom Watson has published a complete list of works that ministers have chosen from the government’s vast art collection to hang in their offices. He says it shows politicians “harking back to a bygone age.”

Several ministers have opted for battle scenes or portraits of military icons like Adm. Horatio Nelson or the Duke of Wellington. Others have chosen portraits of prime ministers Robert Peel and William Pitt.

The government art collection holds more than 13,000 works by British artists from the 16th century onwards.



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