Image: Detail of a tapestry by François Spiering of Delft, signed and dated 1604. Warwick Castle, Warwickshire. Writing to Robert Cecil in 1603, on an impending visit to his offices in Deptford, Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628) wrote; “If the housewifery be not good, I will get a handsome wench, in hope the rather to invite…… Continue reading A set of Tapestries by Spiering of Delft.
2017 has been a thrilling year filled with lectures, talks and presentations. The subjects have been various and venues even more so, including Cathedrals in Toronto, Theaters in Paris, and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. I’ve begun to upload my schedule for 2018, with a few more exciting events yet to be announced. Watch…… Continue reading Talks, Lectures & Events
Image; Follower of Caravaggio, The Gamblers, oil on canvas, 175.5 x 236cm. Sotheby’s, London, December 7 2017, lot 190. I’m honoured to be giving a short talk at the upcoming Sotheby’s Old Masters Preview on 1st December 2017. My talk will focus on a painting in their upcoming Day Sale, attributed to a follower of…… Continue reading Sotheby’s Old Masters Preview
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
Delighted to announce I’ll be giving an illustrated lecture at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, on Robert Dudley’s armour on the 18th 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…… Continue reading Robert Dudley’s Armour – Lord Leycester Hospital
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
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