Jeremy Hutchinson

I was summoned to the bedroom yesterday morning to listen to the voice of Jeremy Hutchinson, aged 99 and the Emeritus Professor of Law at the Royal Academy, being interviewed by Helena Kennedy.   It was the authentic voice of Bloomsbury (his mother Mary was Clive Bell’s mistress):  strong, clear, sceptical and anti-establishment, speaking up for the rights of the poor and the criminal justice system.   I knew that he had defended Lady Chatterley.   I hadn’t known that he had defended the man who stole Goya’s portrait of Wellington from the National Gallery and who got off scot free for the theft, but was put in gaol for destroying the frame.

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