The art world yesterday expressed its delight at recently appointed culture secretary Sajid Javid's statement that he has a portrait of Lady Thatcher on his office wall.
'It's a brilliant exercise in irony,' said art critic Reuben Fine. 'Turner Prize stuff. Mr Javid's made a good start in his new job.'
But he was dismissive of the explanation that partly the reason for displaying the portrait was that it reminded Mr Javid that "it’s possible to rise from humble beginnings and reach the top".
'If that was Mr Javid's motivation, a portrait of Eric Pickles would have done,' he said.
Mr Fine also suggested that the portrait could be viewed as an installation.
'It certainly brings to mind that of a rotting severed cow on which thousands of bloated flies and maggots are gorging themselves,' he said.