Scipio Africanus, Thorvaldsen and the Earl of Warwick

Image: Bust of Scipio Africanus, 1st-2nd Century AD with later additions by Bertel Thorvaldsen, Warwick Castle. I’ve published another piece for Our Warwickshire on a classical bust purchased by the 3rd Earl of Warwick on his Grand Tour during the late 1820s. Recent research has uncovered that the bust was restored by none other than…… Continue reading Scipio Africanus, Thorvaldsen and the Earl of Warwick

Robert Dudley’s Armour – Lord Leycester Hospital

Delighted to announce I’ll be giving an illustrated lecture at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, on Robert Dudley’s armour in January 2018. A short blurb; Preserved in the Royal Armouries in Leeds is an outstanding personalised sixteenth-century armour made for Robert Dudley. Emblazoned with his family and heraldic emblems, notably including the ragged staffs, this…… Continue reading Robert Dudley’s Armour – Lord Leycester Hospital

The Battle of the Amazons – Simon Cognoulle

Image: The Battle of the Amazons, after Peter Paul Rubens, by Simon Cognoulle. Warwick Castle, Warwickshire. Easily missed within the neo-gothic chapel of Warwick Castle is a magnificent feat of woodcarving. On closer inspection, the tangle of limbs which stretch out from the framed panel draws us into the scene itself. It is perhaps of…… Continue reading The Battle of the Amazons – Simon Cognoulle

The Kenilworth Buffet – A history

Image: The Kenilworth Buffet, by Cooke & Sons of Warwick, 1842-1851. Warwick Castle. (Originally published by the DADG Decorative Art and Design Group in January 2017. Illustrations at bottom of page.) Graceful or grotesque? Elegant or excessive? Magnificent or mawkish? One such marvel, or monstrosity, is the Kenilworth Buffet. Carved in solid oak by Cooke &…… Continue reading The Kenilworth Buffet – A history

Joseph Wright of Derby paints Warwick Castle

Image: Warwick Castle by Moonlight, Joseph Wright of Derby, dated 1787, oil on canvas 58 x 76.2cm. Private Collection, Montreal.  In 2014 I was handed a postcard of a painting for a cataloguing task during my Master’s Degree. Fortunately, I recognised the view instantly. The uniquely shaped stone tower perched on a rock; the river…… Continue reading Joseph Wright of Derby paints Warwick Castle

National Gallery Talk – Holbein’s Lute

Image: Detail from Hans Holbein’s Ambassadors, National Gallery, London. I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be giving another talk at the National Gallery, London, on 20th September 2017. The talk will focus on the symbolism and significance of the marvellously painted lute which features in Holbein’s Ambassadors. The lecture was researched in association with London…… Continue reading National Gallery Talk – Holbein’s Lute