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Agreat deal of talk at the riba concerning the future of the presidential portraits, a fine collection of men with whiskers, which adorn various walls at No 66. They represent a potted history of architecture as well as the institute, and include some decent artists (Patrick Heron's Michael Manser, for instance). Alas, the idea that somewhere lurking is a forgotten masterpiece which will make the institute a fortune seem unfounded. The last valuation of the collection suggested that the portraits were worth rather less than ... the frames.

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