Arm Chairs attributed to John Hodson

I recently had the great pleasure of assisting Mackinnon Fine Furniture in the research of two very fine Georgian mahogany armchairs formerly in the collection of Warwick Castle. My research helped to reveal that there were indeed part of a set of twelve armchairs which must have been commissioned by Francis Greville, Lord Brooke and…… Continue reading Arm Chairs attributed to John Hodson

Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

I’ve had the great pleasure of writing and recording a podcast with fellow Warwick Castle historian Aaron Manning. The documentary focuses on the extraordinary and often contradictory life of Daisy, 5th Countess of Warwick, who went from being one of the most celebrated Edwardian socialites to a staunch socialist. Indeed, it was in the 1920s…… Continue reading Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

Daisy, The Red Countess of Warwick

Image: Frances Evelyn Greville, nee Maynard, 1901, Country Life. A last minute announcement of a lecture being held this evening (14th March 2018) at Warwick University at 6pm. Entitled ‘Daisy, The Red Countess of Warwick’, myself and Mr Aaron Manning (Historic Royal Palaces) will be attempting to chart and give a balanced view of the…… Continue reading Daisy, The Red Countess of Warwick

The Ghost of Sir Fulke Greville (?)

Image: Engraved Portrait of Sir Fulke Greville, dated 1652 after an original painting c.1586. I’ve contributed an article to OurWarwickshire on the Murder and ‘Ghost’ of Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628). The article explores the truth behind his supposed ‘ghost’ that haunts Warwick Castle. It also examines how this tenuous ghost story, which is barely one…… Continue reading The Ghost of Sir Fulke Greville (?)

King James I Feast – Lord Leycester Hospital

Image: Sir Fulke Greville, english school c.1586. On the 3rd October 2017 I’m going to be giving a talk alongside Aaron Manning at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of King James I’s visit to Warwick in 1617. As part of the Warwick Words History Festival, the evening will focus on…… Continue reading King James I Feast – Lord Leycester Hospital

Sidney Journal Article

Image: Detail of a Tapestry by Francois Spiering, signed and dated 1604, hanging at Warwick Castle. (Note – This tapestry was almost certainly purchased by Sir Fulke Greville.) I am very happy to announce my article entitled “We scarcely call these things our own” – Sir Fulke Greville’s curious collection¬†has just been published in the…… Continue reading Sidney Journal Article

Musical Musings – A fugue from the archives

Image: A sketch probably of Henry Richard Greville, 3rd Earl of Warwick, in ‘Van Dyck’ dress – presumably for a ball. WCRO CR1886 / 624. I’ve contributed a short piece and recording for ‘Our Warwickshire’ on a musical manuscript dated August 1827 found in the Warwick Castle Archive. It was presumably written as an exercise…… Continue reading Musical Musings – A fugue from the archives