John Betjeman and the Georgian Group

Image: A photograph of the Old Town Hall (1750-2), Devizes, from the Georgian Group Archive. The Georgian Group have recently published an article of mine in their Summer Magazine, which examines the involvement of poet John Betjeman during the group’s early years. Widely regarded as one of the heroes of historic buildings protection and conservation…… Continue reading John Betjeman and the Georgian Group

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

Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

POSTPONED DUE TO POOR WEATHER I’m thrilled to announce that I will be giving a special talk on Art from the Warwick Castle archive on Saturday 3rd March 2018 starting at 3.15pm. The lecture will form part of the AGM of the Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office, which is open to members and…… Continue reading Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

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

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

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!