Magazine article The Spectator

Treasure Trove

Magazine article The Spectator

Treasure Trove

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One afternoon in the winter of 1992 I was on a bus traversing London's Millbank when an extraordinary sight caught my eye. A bright red Triumph Spitfire had been driven up the imposing front steps of the Tate Gallery and abandoned there. Not for the first time in my life I wished I had a camera with me. Only later did I learn that some disaffected artist or taxpayer had committed this spectacular act as a protest against the Turner Prize.

Nearly 20 years later, it's Turner Prize time again, though perhaps passions are today more jaded.

But what prompted this memory was the publicity material for the 40th anniversary of the Tate Archive, which includes - among notebooks gorgeously illustrated by famous artists, old posters and revealing holiday snaps - a couple of slides of the offending Triumph. …

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