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

Arm Chairs attributed to John Hodson

I recently had the great pleasure of assisting Mackinnon Fine Furniture in the research of two very fine Georgian mahogany armchairs formerly in the collection of Warwick Castle. My research helped to reveal that there were indeed part of a set of twelve armchairs which must have been commissioned by Francis Greville, Lord Brooke and…… Continue reading Arm Chairs attributed to John Hodson

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

Led by Folly… – The Newmans of Barwick Park

Image: Portrait of Grace Newman of Barwick Park by Thomas Beach. Currently with a private dealer. A month ago I undertook some research on two Georgian portraits for a client who had purchased them from an American auction house. Needless to say, the identity and attribution of the pair had been lost by the time…… Continue reading Led by Folly… – The Newmans of Barwick Park

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!