Joseph Wright of Derby paints Warwick Castle

Image: Warwick Castle by Moonlight, Joseph Wright of Derby, dated 1787, oil on canvas 58 x 76.2cm. Private Collection, Montreal.  In 2014 I was handed a postcard of a painting for a cataloguing task during my Master’s Degree. Fortunately, I recognised the view instantly. The uniquely shaped stone tower perched on a rock; the river…… Continue reading Joseph Wright of Derby paints Warwick Castle

Warwick Museum Event – Hans Frei Lute

Image: Lute, c.1550, by Hans Frei of Bologna, and Sheldon Tapestry, Warwickshire Museum. On 16th November I’ll be presenting a special talk on the Warwickshire Museum’s extremely rare sixteenth century lute. Made by Hans Frei, one of the lute equivalents of ‘Stradivarius’, very few original lutes have survived in museum and private collections. The illustrated…… Continue reading Warwick Museum Event – Hans Frei Lute

Wallace Collection – Podcast

Image: Portrait of a man with a lute, unknown artist, The Wallace Collection; Photographs from Stephen Barber & Sandi Harris workshop. I’ve made a podcast for the Wallace Collection focusing on a enigmatic portrait in the Medieval and Renaissance galleries. Entitled ‘Portrait of a young man with a lute’, and attributed an unknown Tuscan painter,…… Continue reading Wallace Collection – Podcast

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

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

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’

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…