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

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

A Stranger in Warsaw

Image: Portrait of a man by an Imitator of Van Dyck, oil on canvas, 76 x 65cm. National Museum, Warsaw. (164201) The National Museum in Poland has recently done a fantastic job of uploading their collection online. These exhaustive databases are the perfect way to explore the stores of a gallery or museum from literally…… Continue reading A Stranger in Warsaw