Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

Image: Photograph by Lara Arnott – laraarnott.com I recently had the great pleasure of giving a short talk and performance at the Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings preview in London. The talk focused on the significance of the lute in a picture featured in the OMP Evening Sale. The painting depicted a female lutenist and was…… Continue reading Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

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

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

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 Lute in Art – National Gallery Course

Image; Detail of A Woman Playing a Lute to Two Men by Gerard Ter Borch, 1667-8. National Gallery, London. I am very excited to announce the details of a course I will be leading at the National Gallery on 19th April 2018. Entitled The Prince of Instruments – The Lute in Art this day long course…… Continue reading The Lute in Art – National Gallery Course

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 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