John Betjeman and the Georgian Group

Image: A photograph of the Old Town Hall (1750-2), Devizes, from the Georgian Group Archive. The Georgian Group have recently published an article of mine in their Summer Magazine, which examines the involvement of poet John Betjeman during the group’s early years. Widely regarded as one of the heroes of historic buildings protection and conservation…… Continue reading John Betjeman and the Georgian Group

Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

Image: Photograph by Lara Arnott – laraarnott.com I recently had the great pleasure of giving a short talk and performance at the Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings preview in London. The talk focused on the significance of the lute in a picture featured in the OMP Evening Sale. The painting depicted a female lutenist and was…… Continue reading Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

Charles’s Queen Gets the Chop

Image: Queen Henrietta Maria, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, formerly in the collection of Warwick Castle, currently Private collection, USA. (Photograph by Stephen Hand) In 2015 Merlin Entertainments sold a portrait of a Queen of England at public auction in London. Henrietta Maria (1609-1669), wife to King Charles I, was by all accounts not the most…… Continue reading Charles’s Queen Gets the Chop

Re-scheduled – Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

Good news that my lecture on Art from the Warwick Castle Archive has been re-scheduled to Saturday 10th November 2018. The lecture is for the Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office, and will be held at the WCRO starting at 2pm. The talk will cover a variety of materials relating to the Grevilles of…… Continue reading Re-scheduled – Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

Wright of Derby’s view of Warwick Castle resurfaces

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby 1734 – Derby 1797), Lake by Moonlight with Castle on Hill, About 1787, Oil on canvas, 58.4 x 76.3 cm. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein. Further to my post last year, Joseph Wright of Derby’s view of Warwick Castle by Moonlight has recently resurfaced in the Museum…… Continue reading Wright of Derby’s view of Warwick Castle resurfaces

Warwick Castle and the Georgian Earls of Warwick – Lecture

Image: Francis Greville (1719-1773), 1st Earl Brooke and Earl of Warwick, by Jean-Marc Nattier, sold Sotheby’s, London, 3 December 2014. I’m very excited to be presenting a lecturer to the ‘Young Georgians’, a section of the conservation organisation the Georgian Group, on 30th April 2018. My talk entitled The Georgian Earls of Warwick will focus on…… Continue reading Warwick Castle and the Georgian Earls of Warwick – Lecture

The Lute in Art – National Gallery Course

Image; Detail of A Woman Playing a Lute to Two Men by Gerard Ter Borch, 1667-8. National Gallery, London. I am very excited to announce the details of a course I will be leading at the National Gallery on 19th April 2018. Entitled The Prince of Instruments – The Lute in Art this day long course…… Continue reading The Lute in Art – National Gallery Course