Charles’s Queen Gets the Chop

Image: Queen Henrietta Maria, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, formerly in the collection of Warwick Castle, currently Private collection, USA. (Photograph by Stephen Hand) In 2015 Merlin Entertainments sold a portrait of a Queen of England at public auction in London. Henrietta Maria (1609-1669), wife to King Charles I, was by all accounts not the most…… Continue reading Charles’s Queen Gets the Chop

Wright of Derby’s view of Warwick Castle resurfaces

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby 1734 – Derby 1797), Lake by Moonlight with Castle on Hill, About 1787, Oil on canvas, 58.4 x 76.3 cm. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein. Further to my post last year, Joseph Wright of Derby’s view of Warwick Castle by Moonlight has recently resurfaced in the Museum…… Continue reading Wright of Derby’s view of Warwick Castle resurfaces

The Ghost of Sir Fulke Greville (?)

Image: Engraved Portrait of Sir Fulke Greville, dated 1652 after an original painting c.1586. I’ve contributed an article to OurWarwickshire on the Murder and ‘Ghost’ of Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628). The article explores the truth behind his supposed ‘ghost’ that haunts Warwick Castle. It also examines how this tenuous ghost story, which is barely one…… Continue reading The Ghost of Sir Fulke Greville (?)

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

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

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…