Warwickshire Lute Podcast

Image: The Warwick Frei Lute, by Hans Frei of Bologna, c.1550. Warwickshire Museum. I’ve recorded a short podcast to promote the re-display of the Warwickshire Museum’s mid sixteenth century lute by Hans Frei of Bologna. The podcast features a brief description of the instrument, and an interview with the museum’s Curator of Human History, Sara…… Continue reading Warwickshire Lute Podcast

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 (?)

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

Robert Dudley’s Armour – Lord Leycester Hospital

Delighted to announce I’ll be giving an illustrated lecture at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, on Robert Dudley’s armour in January 2018. A short blurb; Preserved in the Royal Armouries in Leeds is an outstanding personalised sixteenth-century armour made for Robert Dudley. Emblazoned with his family and heraldic emblems, notably including the ragged staffs, this…… Continue reading Robert Dudley’s Armour – Lord Leycester Hospital

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