Brothers in art

Some arts commentators have been sniffy about the new double portrait of Princes William and Harry – and the fact that such an elevated task was left to a relatively unknown artist, one Nicky Philipps.

I dropped into the National Portrait Gallery earlier today on my way from one point to another, and got a far amount of pleasure from viewing the picture – Harry is spot on, William a bit off kilter – and indeed, from listening to the reactions of people looking at it. Three punkish teenagers were scrutinising it next to me, one with a face almost completely obscured by piercings. All of them liked it, and more importantly, seemed to have a good deal of time for the subject matter. You can’t tell a book etc.

Anyway, judge for yourselves:

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens