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

Jeremy Bentham visits Warwick Castle

Image: The East Front of Warwick Castle by Paul Sandby, c. 1775. The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry. I’ve written a short blog for ‘Our Warwickshire’ on the visit of a rather interesting figure to Warwick Castle in the late eighteenth century. Jeremy Bentham, one of Britain’s most famous philosophers of the enlightenment, visited…… Continue reading Jeremy Bentham visits Warwick Castle

Exhibition Catalogue – Splendour!

Image: Front cover of catalogue for the Georgian Group’s 80th anniversary exhibition entitled Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship. Printed in 2017 by Unicorn.   Delighted to been involved as co-editor of the Georgian Group’s 80th anniversary exhibition entitled Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship. Splendour! is an exhibition which celebrates living artists, craftsmen and architects who…… Continue reading Exhibition Catalogue – Splendour!

National Gallery Talk – Listen and Look

Image: Hendrick ter Brugghen, A man playing a lute, oil on canvas. National Gallery, London. On Wednesday 26th April I’ll be giving my first talk at the National Gallery, London, focusing on the Ter Brugghen’s A man playing a lute. The lute was used by painters to express various ideas, apart from the obvious allusions…… Continue reading National Gallery Talk – Listen and Look

Blog: The Kenilworth Buffet

Image: The Kenilworth Buffet, 1842-51, Cooke & Sons of Warwick. Warwick Castle. The DADG (Decorative Arts and Design Group)┬áhave posted a recent blog of mine, detailing an enormous piece of Victorian furniture at Warwick Castle. The Kenilworth Buffet, carved by Cooke & Sons of Warwick, was exhibited in the Great Exhibition in 1851. The entire…… Continue reading Blog: The Kenilworth Buffet

New Blog – ‘Oranges and Lemons: Greville gardens & portraits’

Image: Francis or Robert Greville, Attributed to Gilbert Soest, oil on canvas, 50 x 40″. Warwick Castle. I’ve posted a new blog (in two parts) on Our Warwickshire, describing the exotic portraits and connections of the seventeenth century Grevilles of Warwick Castle. Click here to follow the link. Above: A detail of the African servant…… Continue reading New Blog – ‘Oranges and Lemons: Greville gardens & portraits’