Scipio Africanus, Thorvaldsen and the Earl of Warwick

Image: Bust of Scipio Africanus, 1st-2nd Century AD with later additions by Bertel Thorvaldsen, Warwick Castle. I’ve published another piece for Our Warwickshire on a classical bust purchased by the 3rd Earl of Warwick on his Grand Tour during the late 1820s. Recent research has uncovered that the bust was restored by none other than…… Continue reading Scipio Africanus, Thorvaldsen and the Earl of Warwick

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

The Kenilworth Buffet – A history

Image: The Kenilworth Buffet, by Cooke & Sons of Warwick, 1842-1851. Warwick Castle. (Originally published by the DADG Decorative Art and Design Group in January 2017. Illustrations at bottom of page.) Graceful or grotesque? Elegant or excessive? Magnificent or mawkish? One such marvel, or monstrosity, is the Kenilworth Buffet. Carved in solid oak by Cooke &…… Continue reading The Kenilworth Buffet – A history

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

Sidney Journal Article

Image: Detail of a Tapestry by Francois Spiering, signed and dated 1604, hanging at Warwick Castle. (Note – This tapestry was almost certainly purchased by Sir Fulke Greville.) I am very happy to announce my article entitled “We scarcely call these things our own” – Sir Fulke Greville’s curious collection has just been published in the…… Continue reading Sidney Journal Article

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

Boulle Blog

Image: Detail of marquetry panel by Andre-Charles Boulle in the Bowes Museum, County Durham. A new blog I’ve written for Our Warwickshire on the spectacular Warwick Cabinet can be found here; http://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/article/the-warwick-cabinet The cabinet consists of a marquetry panel by Andre-Charles Boulle incorporated into a cabinet by Ince & Mayhew in the 1770s for George…… Continue reading Boulle Blog