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

Private thoughts on a bust of Shakespeare

Image: Twitter – @MethShakespeare Portraits are powerful objects. They play an enormous role in helping visualise and shape our interpretation of figures from the past. Whilst driving through Stratford upon Avon last week I spotted many bright and glossy posters promoting a Shakespeare Anniversary event being held in the town. Whilst waiting in traffic lights,…… Continue reading Private thoughts on a bust of Shakespeare

A Stranger in Warsaw

Image: Portrait of a man by an Imitator of Van Dyck, oil on canvas, 76 x 65cm. National Museum, Warsaw. (164201) The National Museum in Poland has recently done a fantastic job of uploading their collection online. These exhaustive databases are the perfect way to explore the stores of a gallery or museum from literally…… Continue reading A Stranger in Warsaw

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

Hispanica Lyra – Wallace Collection

Image: Hisapanica Lyra, Revista de la Sociedad de la Vihuela, no. 22, November 2016. I have had a brief article of mine published in Hispanica Lyra (journal of the Sociedad de la Viheula in Spain), on the Wallace Collection’s intriguing Portrait of a man with a Lute (P542). The painting is also featured on the…… Continue reading Hispanica Lyra – Wallace Collection

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’

A Prince reappears in Baltimore

  Photo: Attributed to Heindrick Gerritsz Pot (Dutch, c. 1585-1657) Portrait of a Gentleman, n.d. Oil on wood panel 7 x 5 1/4 in. (17.8 x 13.3 cm.) The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Mary Frick Jacobs Collection, BMA 1938.385 Studying art history is an endlessly thrilling affair. Whether snooping around a museum store, or…… Continue reading A Prince reappears in Baltimore