13 JANUARY 1979, Page 18

Charm and flattery

Sir: John McEwen (9 December) fancies I am a charmer; apparently proven by his observation — 'who else would conclude an introductory note by wishing his art colleagues well'. He continues — 'His show accordingly flatters to deceive'.

Would Mr McEwen kindly substantiate this judgement within the wit of his style. Barry Flanagan 181 Leighton Road London NW5