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

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

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

Talks, Lectures & Events

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

Warwickshire Lute Podcast

Image: The Warwick Frei Lute, by Hans Frei of Bologna, c.1550. Warwickshire Museum. I’ve recorded a short podcast to promote the re-display of the Warwickshire Museum’s mid sixteenth century lute by Hans Frei of Bologna. The podcast features a brief description of the instrument, and an interview with the museum’s Curator of Human History, Sara…… Continue reading Warwickshire Lute Podcast

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

Warwick Museum Event – Hans Frei Lute

Image: Lute, c.1550, by Hans Frei of Bologna, and Sheldon Tapestry, Warwickshire Museum. On 16th November I’ll be presenting a special talk on the Warwickshire Museum’s extremely rare sixteenth century lute. Made by Hans Frei, one of the lute equivalents of ‘Stradivarius’, very few original lutes have survived in museum and private collections. The illustrated…… Continue reading Warwick Museum Event – Hans Frei Lute