Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, The Photographers' Gallery until 13 JulyI first came across the photographer John Deakin through the various memoirs of Daniel Farson. Back in the 1960s, Farson was … Continue Reading ››
Monthly Archives: May 2014
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My specialism is eighteenth-century images of London and the River Thames, although my interest in art history is not confined to this subject.
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William Kent (1685-1748) was the leading architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. A polymath, he turned his hand to everything from painting to designing sculpture, architecture, interior decoration, furniture, metalwork, book illustration and landscape gardens. Kent's life coincided with … Continue Reading ››
A good friend of mine from Brühl in Germany has just given me this picture, having come across it in an antique printshop in Cologne. … Continue Reading ››
The Eastenders that time forgot
Last year David Buckman published his extensive research on the East London Group of Artists in his fascinating book From Bow to Biennale: Artists of the East London Group. Now here's the exhibition to accompany the book - and it's a corker. The East … Continue Reading ››
Exhibitions, Galleries & Museums Visited in 2014
- Whistler and the Thames, Dulwich Picture Gallery
- Masterpieces of Chinese Painting, V&A
- Pearls, V&A
- Turner and the Sea, National Maritime Museum
- Yinka Shonibare MBE at Greenwich, National Maritime Museum
- Painting Now: Five contemporary artists, Tate Britain
- Art Under Attack, Tate Britain
- Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, Science Museum
- Daumier: 1808-1879 Visions of Paris, Royal Academy
- Picasso Linocuts, British Museum
- Paul … Continue Reading ››
Getting up close to Mondrian
This is from the exhibition Mondrian and Cubism: Paris 1912-1914 at the Gemeente Museum den Haag. You can hear me talking about Mondrian and discussing the exhibition on Episode 11 of the Serendipitous Compendium.
Watching the watchmen
Probably the most photographed painting in the Rijksmuseum.
The Great Dutch Ship Robbery
Stern carving from the Royal Charles, c. 1660 This is possibly one of the most intriguing exhibits (for me) in the whole of the Rijksmuseum's collection. These arms of Charles II once adorned the stern transom, or 'counter', of the English flagship the Royal Charles. During the Second Anglo-Dutch War, the Dutch bombarded then captured Sheerness … Continue Reading ››