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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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John Michael Wright & The Fire Judges: An Update

My last post on John Evelyn’s diary entries that mention the painter John Michael Wright concentrated on Wright’s portraits of the “fire judges” originally painted for the Guildhall. ┬áSince that post a few additional pieces of information have come to … Continue reading

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John Michael Wright and John Evelyn: Part 2

“3rd October 1662: Thence went to visite one Mr. Wright, a Scots-man, who had lived long at Rome was esteemed a good Painter. The Pictures of the Judges at Guild-hall are of his hand, and so are some pieces in … Continue reading

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John Michael Wright and John Evelyn: Part 1

(Evelyn’s manuscript diary, image (c) British Library) John Evelyn mentions the painter John Michael Wright just 4 times in his voluminous diaries but these short references remain an important source of information on the painter. The next few posts are … Continue reading

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Modigliani & Meidner: Part 2 A Portrait

We know from Ludwig Meidner’s memoirs that Modigliani painted and drew Meidner on several occasions. Meidner in particular refers to two oil portraits by his friend, one of which was entitled “portrait of LM” and was exhibited at the Salon … Continue reading

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William Orpen and The Peachlets

In 1917 William Orpen went to the Western Front as an official war artist. ┬áThe small self portrait sketch above comes from a letter he wrote to Philip Sasoon (private secretary to Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig and cousin of … Continue reading

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Etty’s Orange

Detail from “Oil sketch of a lady in an interior” Oil on board c1835-40 William Etty (1787-1849) the renowned British painter of nudes was also a portrait painter of some talent. He studied for a period under the great Thomas … Continue reading

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