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Complainant Name:
Mr Robin Pickering

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Western Morning News


Mr Robin Pickering, an artist from Devon, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article reporting on a display of his paintings at Farringdon Village hall contained a number of inaccuracies.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction in the newspaper:


Further to our article of 14 May (‘Villager's pastels reveal a much-loved way of life'), which reported on a recent art show at Farringdon Village hall, we would like to correct the following inaccuracies: the show did not only ‘include' work by Robin Pickering, but consisted entirely of his art; although Mr Pickering has lived in Devon for 47 years (not 35), he does not reside in Farringdon village; he has not ‘painted all his life' but took it up at the age of 40; he does not ‘come from London' nor has he ever lived there; his work in pastel is not related to explaining country life - he specialises in paintings of Venice and St Ives - and the prices of his work did not ‘start at £40, rising to £550' but began at £395 and rose to £1495. We are happy to clarify the position and apologise for any misunderstandings it may have caused.

Date Published: 27/09/2011

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