End Game was impressed to discover that Norman Lamb is a descendent of the painter Henry Lamb, who was part of Sickert’s Camden Town group of post-impressionists.
Thanks to a parliamentary question, we now know that the care services minister has a few of his ancestor’s works up on the wall of his Department of Health office.
And it seems his ministerial colleagues also reveal their personalities through their art choices.
Jeremy Hunt’s picks reveal him to be as modern and cosmopolitan a chap as you would expect a former culture secretary to be. He has a particular fondness for Patrick Caulfield’s brightly-coloured screenprints, whose melancholy titles (“I’ve only the friendship of hotel rooms”, “I’ll take my life monotonous”) possibly reflect the long hours a secretary of state spends on the road.
With titles such as “Duck pond in Surrey” and “Back garden geese”, Dan Poulter’s office art is strangely evocative of his status as a junior Tory minister, as well as reflecting his surname.
Best of all were Earl Howe’s choices. For, among the seemingly endless array of stuffy prints showing views of London, were two engravings of an earlier Earl Howe defeating the French fleet in 1794.
No disrespect to Mr Lamb, but that pedigree takes some beating.