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

Lute Concert – Northamptonshire

Image: Detail from Isaac Oliver’s ‘A party in the open air’ in the National Gallery of Denmark. Delighted to be performing a lute concert in Plumpton, St John the Baptist, Northamptonshire, on 4th August 2017. Entitled ‘An English Arcadia’, music will include songs by John Dowland, Robert Johnson and Henry Purcell. More details here; http://www.northamptonshiresurprise.com/organisation/plumpton-st-john-the-baptist/

Torn and Forlorn

Image: Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick, after Gainsborough. Gouache on paper laid on canvas. Calke Abbey, National Trust. A few weeks ago I came across this rather disconcerting image on the National Trust’s Collections website. This damaged and torn image is a portrait of Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick, (1719-1773). It is in…… Continue reading Torn and Forlorn

Boulle Blog

Image: Detail of marquetry panel by Andre-Charles Boulle in the Bowes Museum, County Durham. A new blog I’ve written for Our Warwickshire on the spectacular Warwick Cabinet can be found here; http://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/article/the-warwick-cabinet The cabinet consists of a marquetry panel by Andre-Charles Boulle incorporated into a cabinet by Ince & Mayhew in the 1770s for George…… Continue reading Boulle Blog

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