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

NADFAS Directory Day

A great day had at the annual NADFAS Directory Day held in Westminster Central Hall last Wednesday. Despite the shocking and horrific events occurring in the square opposite the venue, spirits and attendance were both remarkably high. Lots of bookings made for talks on ‘The Queen of Instruments: The Lute in Old Master Painting’, and…… Continue reading NADFAS Directory Day

Jeremy Bentham visits Warwick Castle

Image: The East Front of Warwick Castle by Paul Sandby, c. 1775. The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry. I’ve written a short blog for ‘Our Warwickshire’ on the visit of a rather interesting figure to Warwick Castle in the late eighteenth century. Jeremy Bentham, one of Britain’s most famous philosophers of the enlightenment, visited…… Continue reading Jeremy Bentham visits Warwick Castle

Blog: The Kenilworth Buffet

Image: The Kenilworth Buffet, 1842-51, Cooke & Sons of Warwick. Warwick Castle. The DADG (Decorative Arts and Design Group)¬†have posted a recent blog of mine, detailing an enormous piece of Victorian furniture at Warwick Castle. The Kenilworth Buffet, carved by Cooke & Sons of Warwick, was exhibited in the Great Exhibition in 1851. The entire…… Continue reading Blog: The Kenilworth Buffet

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’

Blogs – A complete list thus far…

Photo: JMW Turner, Warwick Castle, 1830-31, watercolour on paper. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. A complete list of blogs I’ve written thus far… Click the text to follow the links. Our Warwickshire George Greville, ¬†2nd Earl of Warwick, Connoisseur Collector (2 parts) The Warwick Gittern An exceedingly rare lute by Hans Frei The Noble Imp’s Armour…… Continue reading Blogs – A complete list thus far…