Image: Detail of a tapestry by François Spiering of Delft, signed and dated 1604. Warwick Castle, Warwickshire. Writing to Robert Cecil in 1603, on an impending visit to his offices in Deptford, Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628) wrote; “If the housewifery be not good, I will get a handsome wench, in hope the rather to invite…… Continue reading A set of Tapestries by Spiering of Delft.
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
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 (?)
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
Delighted to announce I’ll be giving an illustrated lecture at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, on Robert Dudley’s armour on the 18th 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…… Continue reading Robert Dudley’s Armour – Lord Leycester Hospital
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
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