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

Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

I’ve had the great pleasure of writing and recording a podcast with fellow Warwick Castle historian Aaron Manning. The documentary focuses on the extraordinary and often contradictory life of Daisy, 5th Countess of Warwick, who went from being one of the most celebrated Edwardian socialites to a staunch socialist. Indeed, it was in the 1920s…… Continue reading Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

Re-scheduled – Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

Good news that my lecture on Art from the Warwick Castle Archive has been re-scheduled to Saturday 10th November 2018. The lecture is for the Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office, and will be held at the WCRO starting at 2pm. The talk will cover a variety of materials relating to the Grevilles of…… Continue reading Re-scheduled – Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

Warwick Castle and the Georgian Earls of Warwick – Lecture

Image: Francis Greville (1719-1773), 1st Earl Brooke and Earl of Warwick, by Jean-Marc Nattier, sold Sotheby’s, London, 3 December 2014. I’m very excited to be presenting a lecturer to the ‘Young Georgians’, a section of the conservation organisation the Georgian Group, on 30th April 2018. My talk entitled The Georgian Earls of Warwick¬†will focus on…… Continue reading Warwick Castle and the Georgian Earls of Warwick – Lecture

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

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 (?)

The Battle of the Amazons – Simon Cognoulle

Image: The Battle of the Amazons, after Peter Paul Rubens, by Simon Cognoulle. Warwick Castle, Warwickshire. Easily missed within the neo-gothic chapel of Warwick Castle is a magnificent feat of woodcarving. On closer inspection, the tangle of limbs which stretch out from the framed panel draws us into the scene itself. It is perhaps of…… Continue reading The Battle of the Amazons – Simon Cognoulle