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Betwixt vibrant red and calm blue sits ‘royal’ purple. You may call it mauve or violet, and it may not always be accompanied by a catchy preliminary adjective, but the colour purple was the most sought after in history, and has roots in mythology, piety, art and royalty. The most refracted colour when light passes through a prism, purple is at the far end of the visible colour spectrum, and is the hardest colour for...

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As the release of the commissioned art for the U.K.’s general election approaches, we take a look at the previous works that have marked these historic political moments. Since 2001––the year the general election pitted Tony Blair, William Hague and Charles Kennedy against each other––the government has commissioned an artist to follow the campaigns of the differing parties in order to create an official piece of artwork to document the significant historical event. This year...

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