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

Free Lute Concert & Talk – Shrewsbury

Image: Interior of St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury. I’m giving a free lute concert (and accompanying talk) at St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, on Saturday 11th March at 2pm. No need to book, just turn up! Donations to the Churches Conservation Trust (The CCT) will be taken at the end. Music will include pieces by Dowland, Holborn…… Continue reading Free Lute Concert & Talk – Shrewsbury

Led by Folly… – The Newmans of Barwick Park

Image: Portrait of Grace Newman of Barwick Park by Thomas Beach. Currently with a private dealer. A month ago I undertook some research on two Georgian portraits for a client who had purchased them from an American auction house. Needless to say, the identity and attribution of the pair had been lost by the time…… Continue reading Led by Folly… – The Newmans of Barwick Park

Hispanica Lyra – Wallace Collection

Image: Hisapanica Lyra, Revista de la Sociedad de la Vihuela, no. 22, November 2016. I have had a brief article of mine published in Hispanica Lyra (journal of the Sociedad de la Viheula in Spain), on the Wallace Collection’s intriguing Portrait of a man with a Lute (P542). The painting is also featured on the…… Continue reading Hispanica Lyra – Wallace Collection