LOOKING HARD WITH A BOOK

With reference to my recent foray into the mini-ghetto between QPR FC and The BBC armed only with a Nineteenth century novel in paperback, my literary and language advisor has brought these paintings to my attention. It would seem that books need to be teamed with head gear if any sort of agro' assertion is to be achieved.

BY FRANS HALS

 Big hat, tiny book. Potent statement, very Lanvin.

THE MANNER OF SEBASTIANO DEL PIOMBO

Triple pointed hat, thick book, nice manicure. Tricky to pull off, challenging silhouette.

BY PARMIGIANINO

Jaunty angle, signet ring, frilly cuffs. It's all in the stare. Channelling Blitz Club. Really strong stance.