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Of Bens & Glens: James Lawton Wingate on Arran

I have a particular fondness for paintings of the Isle of Arran, partly because I spent my formative years looking at the Arran hills, especially the largest peak “Goat Fell”, from where I lived, across the Firth of Clyde, on … Continue reading

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Art History Book Challenge – No. 1 Emil Mâle “Gothic Art”

My previous post explained my challenge to read the 16 “Books That Shaped Art History” in 2016.  You should consult that book for serious or academic criticism since what follows are simply personal responses to reading these books. I grew up … Continue reading

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The Art History Book Challenge

The other day I started reading “The Books that Shaped Art History” edited by Richard Shone and John-Paul Stonard. It’s a collection of essays on sixteen books which, as the title suggests, were influential in developing new ways of looking at, … Continue reading

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Deadlines

I should probably try and sell this before Easter next year..?    

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The Fire Judges: Sir William Ellys

My earlier posts on John Michael Wright’s portraits of the “fire judges” judges are here: https://neiljstevenson.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/john-michael-wright-and-john-evelyn-part-3/ and here: https://neiljstevenson.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/john-michael-wright-the-fire-judges-an-update/ In this mini post I’m simply sharing a photo of the portrait of Sir William Ellys (currently in the Royal Courts … Continue reading

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The Swordsman Revealed: An Update

In my earlier post “A Victorian Fencing Master: or, can you help me identify this painting?” I sought help on an attribution for this painting: A couple of people were kind enough to read the blog and tell me that … Continue reading

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A Victorian Fencing Master: or, can you help me identify this painting?

Lot 48 English School, circa 1840 Portrait of a gentleman, three-quarter-length, in black costume, standing beside a table Oil on canvas, 60 x 50cm (23 9/16 x 19 5/8in) Not the most illuminating auction catalogue entry.  A man wearing black … Continue reading

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