The Spy Who Painted the Queen
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In 1917 Philip de László, a society portrait painter whose sitters included the Pope, Edward VII, the Emperor of Austria and – later – the young Princess Elizabeth, was interned for trading with the enemy. After the war he cleared his name. Now, however, this book examines MI5 records to reveal that an agent, whose anonymity prevented the evidence from being used in court, believed de László was supplying Germany with information on British politics and industry.