Warwick Museum Event – Hans Frei Lute

Image: Lute, c.1550, by Hans Frei of Bologna, and Sheldon Tapestry, Warwickshire Museum. On 16th November I’ll be presenting a special talk on the Warwickshire Museum’s extremely rare sixteenth century lute. Made by Hans Frei, one of the lute equivalents of ‘Stradivarius’, very few original lutes have survived in museum and private collections. The illustrated…… Continue reading Warwick Museum Event – Hans Frei Lute

King James I Feast – Lord Leycester Hospital

Image: Sir Fulke Greville, english school c.1586. On the 3rd October 2017 I’m going to be giving a talk alongside Aaron Manning at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of King James I’s visit to Warwick in 1617. As part of the Warwick Words History Festival, the evening will focus on…… Continue reading King James I Feast – Lord Leycester Hospital

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┬áhas 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

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)┬áhave 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