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

Wallace Collection – Podcast

Image: Portrait of a man with a lute, unknown artist, The Wallace Collection; Photographs from Stephen Barber & Sandi Harris workshop. I’ve made a podcast for the Wallace Collection focusing on a enigmatic portrait in the Medieval and Renaissance galleries. Entitled ‘Portrait of a young man with a lute’, and attributed an unknown Tuscan painter,…… Continue reading Wallace Collection – Podcast

Torn and Forlorn

Image: Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick, after Gainsborough. Gouache on paper laid on canvas. Calke Abbey, National Trust. A few weeks ago I came across this rather disconcerting image on the National Trust’s Collections website. This damaged and torn image is a portrait of Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick, (1719-1773). It is in…… Continue reading Torn and Forlorn

Boulle Blog

Image: Detail of marquetry panel by Andre-Charles Boulle in the Bowes Museum, County Durham. A new blog I’ve written for Our Warwickshire on the spectacular Warwick Cabinet can be found here; http://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/article/the-warwick-cabinet The cabinet consists of a marquetry panel by Andre-Charles Boulle incorporated into a cabinet by Ince & Mayhew in the 1770s for George…… Continue reading Boulle Blog

Private thoughts on a bust of Shakespeare

Image: Twitter – @MethShakespeare Portraits are powerful objects. They play an enormous role in helping visualise and shape our interpretation of figures from the past. Whilst driving through Stratford upon Avon last week I spotted many bright and glossy posters promoting a Shakespeare Anniversary event being held in the town. Whilst waiting in traffic lights,…… Continue reading Private thoughts on a bust of Shakespeare

NADFAS Directory Day

A great day had at the annual NADFAS Directory Day held in Westminster Central Hall last Wednesday. Despite the shocking and horrific events occurring in the square opposite the venue, spirits and attendance were both remarkably high. Lots of bookings made for talks on ‘The Queen of Instruments: The Lute in Old Master Painting’, and…… Continue reading NADFAS Directory Day