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January 2013

Exhibition note

by Christie Davies

On "Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision” at The Courtauld Gallery, London.

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Christie Davies's most recent book is Jokes and Targets (Indiana).

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 January 2013, on page 58

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On May 5, 2014, The New Criterion and PJ Media presented the second Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity. The award is given to highlight egregious examples of dishonest reporting. Also awarded this year was the Rather, a new award for lifetime achievement in mendacious journalism.
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