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Created at the height of Thatcherism, this is a reworking of Gainsborough’s (1727–1788) Mr and Mrs Andrews, 1750. That portrait suggests identity and status, and can be read as a comment on property and capital. Wallinger’s jumbled fragmentation of the painting, the addition of a human scarecrow as the dominant image, and the word ‘Albion’ spray-painted over painting and wall, together contrast images of Englishness and Heritage with the anger of a dispossessed underclass. Wallinger joins a late Victorian romanticised view of Albion – the landscape of the agricultural worker – with decay and social violence.