This is the wonderful portrait of George Bernard Shaw by Bertha Newcombe which has just been 'found' after decades unaccounted for. Found hanging on the common room wall at Ruskin College. So not so much missing as overlooked.
It dates from 1892 and, capturing the young Shaw's ability as an orator, was entitled 'GBS - Platform Spellbinder'. Newcombe was rather infatuated with Shaw, much to his eventual annoyance - the story is told here. But it was naughty of him to describe the portrait as 'By Bertha Newcombe, Spellbound'.
In a remarkable gesture, Ruskin has given the portrait back to the Labour Party, whose property it once was. At least it was saved from the skip, where some of Ruskin's heritage items have ended up.
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