Germany Willing to Accelerate Partnership with Morocco Vice Chancellor

Rabat – The German government is willing to accelerate the pace of partnership with Morocco and to encourage investment in several areas, particularly in education and vocational training, Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Minister of Economy and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, said here on Monday during talks with head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane.Both sides hailed friendship and cooperation relations between Morocco and Germany, which witnessed a major development following he signing in 2013 of the Declaration of Rabat on the Moroccan-German partnership, Government Chief’s Department said in a statement.The German Vice-Chancellor praised the political, economic and social reforms undertaken by Morocco, which enabled the kingdom to become a key partner of the EU in the region and noted that Morocco offers important investment and trade opportunities as well as broad prospects for partnership in various areas, the statement added. Talks also focused on several issues of common interest, according to the same source.A delegation of German officials and businessmen headed by Sigmar Gabriel is paying an official visit to Morocco.With MAP read more

John Constable sketches found among box of dusty drawings by son of

A dusty cardboard-box filled with drawings in unprepossessing 1950s frames brought in to a London auctioneer has turned out to contain two previously-unpublished studies by John Constable, the great 19th-century master.The drawings belong to Tam Fry, the son of the late playwright Christopher Fry, who was in the process of clearing out and selling the family home.Mr Fry, 81, told the Sunday Telegraph: “We thought they were beautiful, but we never realised they were Constable… To be told the provenance is unbelievable.”Suzanne Zack, head of British and European Art at Chiswick Auctions, spoke of her excitement over finding two pen-and-ink studies of a woodland glade by the genius who painted masterpieces such as The Hay Wain.She said: “These things were covered in dust, and hadn’t been researched at all.”She subsequently showed them to Anne Lyles, the leading Constable expert and former Tate curator, who describes them as “exciting” discoveries, “small compositional drawings in pen, ink and wash which can be dated to Constable’s late period”. The drawings will be offered in the forthcoming British & European Fine Art sale on March 6 at Chiswick Auctions They are thought to be Constable’s early thoughts in illustrating the scene of Jaques and the Wounded Stag from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. He produced various designs as one of the artists commissioned to illustrate The Seven Ages of Shakespeare, a compendium published in 1840.The drawings are small – just 2½ x 3¼ inches (83 x 64 mm) and 1 13/16 x 3 inches (77 x 47 mm) respectively.Zack said: “What’s amazing is that, in a few pen-and-ink marks with brown wash, he creates the light and shade of a composition. You can see that he did it quickly and drew a little frame around it… It shows his brilliance – how quickly they were done, but also how he was able to create a real composition in a tiny format.”Asked how unusual it is to find previously-unknown Constable sketches, she said: “They are very scarce.”Fry, who died in 2005 aged 97, made his name in the 1940s with The Lady’s Not for Burning and Venus Observed. As one of the foremost playwrights of the English stage, his productions drew great actors, including Laurence Olivier.The drawings will be offered in the forthcoming British & European Fine Art sale on March 6 at Chiswick Auctions. Believed to have been bought in 1951 for £3, they are estimated to fetch between £5,000 and £8,000 each.      Tam Fry, who chairs the National Obesity Forum, joked: “{My father] would have said ‘they are now going to be the property of people who really do value the items’… [He] had a great sense of humour. He would have said, ‘what a pity my pig-ignorant son didn’t understand [them]’. He would have found that very amusing.” The drawings will be offered in the forthcoming British & European Fine Art sale on March 6 at Chiswick AuctionsCredit:Chiswick Auctions Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more