Blog: The Kenilworth Buffet

Image: The Kenilworth Buffet, 1842-51, Cooke & Sons of Warwick. Warwick Castle. The DADG (Decorative Arts and Design Group) have 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’

Sir Fulke Greville – Collector, Builder, Gardener and Warwickshire Man

Lecture Wednesday 11th January 2017 Alcester and District Local History Society Commencing 8pm St. Benedict’s RC School, Alcester Non-members welcome   Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628), born in Beauchamp Court, Alcester, lived through one of the most exciting periods of British history. He served at the courts of Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I, and…… Continue reading Sir Fulke Greville – Collector, Builder, Gardener and Warwickshire Man

Blogs – A complete list thus far…

Photo: JMW Turner, Warwick Castle, 1830-31, watercolour on paper. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. A complete list of blogs I’ve written thus far… Click the text to follow the links. Our Warwickshire George Greville,  2nd Earl of Warwick, Connoisseur Collector (2 parts) The Warwick Gittern An exceedingly rare lute by Hans Frei The Noble Imp’s Armour…… Continue reading Blogs – A complete list thus far…

Candlelit Lute Concert

A link to a short recording from a fabulous concert held in East Shefford Church earlier this autumn. Music included pieces by John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Henry Purcell, Robert de Visee and Giovanni Kapsberger. There are already plans in the pipeline to repeat elsewhere next year. Details coming soon…hopefully.   https://youtu.be/hqgCG6fB4Yk

David Bowie – Wallace Collection Podcast

Photo: David Bowie and Lindsay Kemp in Pierrot in Turquoise or The Looking Glass Murders filmed in 1970 for Scottish Television. Copyright STV. In addition to my blog ‘Variations on a Dream – Watteau, David Bowie and the commedia dell’arte’, the Wallace Collection has recently asked me to record a podcast on the same topic. My efforts…… Continue reading David Bowie – Wallace Collection Podcast

A Prince reappears in Baltimore

  Photo: Attributed to Heindrick Gerritsz Pot (Dutch, c. 1585-1657) Portrait of a Gentleman, n.d. Oil on wood panel 7 x 5 1/4 in. (17.8 x 13.3 cm.) The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Mary Frick Jacobs Collection, BMA 1938.385 Studying art history is an endlessly thrilling affair. Whether snooping around a museum store, or…… Continue reading A Prince reappears in Baltimore