Art dealer Angela Hardy, the owner of Burlington.

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1. How did you get your start?

Early in my career I was fortunate enough to work with Roland and John Williams of Williams & Son in Grafton Street, where I was for many years. They were generous enough to share their considerable knowledge with me and it has stood me in good stead.

2. What is one new thing you learned during the past year?

That there is life after giving up one’s West End gallery! I moved out of the shop because my partners wished to retire and I felt the rent was too expensive to continue there on my own. I had been in the West End since 1979 so it was a bit of a shock to no longer travel there every day.

I decided to take the plunge and work from home (which is why I attend fairs). I was worried about the impact of no longer having a gallery and it does have some disadvantages. However, the advantages now seem worthwhile and I am getting used to my new modus operandi.

3. Your next fair is ADFL’s Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair – why do you stand there?

It’s a prestigious event, ideally located, and takes place when people have a bit more time to relax and enjoy the fair. It’s an excellent place to showcase my paintings and meet new clients.

4. What book do you have on your nightstand at the moment?

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: How one man’s courage changed the course of history by Giles Milton.

It was recommended to me by a silver dealer friend as I wasted her time at a fair looking at their beautiful nutmeg graters.

5. Real ale or espresso martini?

Espresso martini if the claret has gone.

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