10/06/2011 03:51 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2011

Vermeer Masterpiece Loaned To UK Museum For First Time

It was, Timothy Potts admits, an audacious request to the Louvre: that it lend what is arguably its second most important painting to the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge. But then, "what you don't ask for, you don't get".

The result is the arrival in the UK for the first and possibly only time of Vermeer's enigmatic masterpiece of a young woman at work, The Lacemaker.

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