British Art Journal

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 1, Summer

A New Palmer Watercolour? Samuel Palmer (1805-81) and James Clarke Hook (1819-1907)
I believe I have found a watercolour by Samuel Palmer (1805-81) which has been long lost to sight. The present owners are willing to let me reproduce it and write about it, but not to let it out of their hands for examination by Palmer experts. My...
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Art World in Review
From June to July each year the London art market enters one of its busiest periods with the opening of numerous fairs, the major auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's, and the increasingly successful Master Paintings and Master Drawings Weeks. The...
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British Art in Baroda
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In December 1911 King George V and Queen Mary presented themselves as Emperor and Empress of India at a Durbar in Delhi, and received the dutiful homage and allegiance of the governors, princes and people of India. The decision...
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'Claude Cahun': Jeu De Paume, Paris, 24 May-24 September, Then la Virreina Centre De la Imatge, Barcelona, and the Art Institute of Chicago
This latest retrospective of the work of Claude Cahun (1894-1954) should please her cult-like following because it is the first to exhibit her work on a grand scale in over 16 years. It is presented in eight thematic sections representing the diverse...
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Edward Burra (1905-76): Spain and Surrealism
The year 1936 proved a decisive moment in Europe's history: it saw Germany re-occupy the Rhineland, Italy annex Abyssinia, and the start of the Spanish Civil War, as simmering tensions erupted into violence on 17 July. It was an equally important year...
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'George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle (1843-1911), Artist and Aristocrat: A Centenary Exhibition'
'George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle (1843-1911), Artist and Aristocrat: A Centenary Exhibition' Castle Howard, York Y060 7DA www.castlehoward.co.uk 26 March-30 October 2011 That's the trouble with George Howard, fight there, in the title and venue...
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New Light on the Painter and Engraver Thomas Hardy (1757-1804)
Thomas Hardy (1757-1804) is an English portraitist whose obscurity is in inverse relation to the fame of some of those whom he portrayed. Among his notable sitters were the political radical John Horne Tooke, Lady Georgiana Cavendish as a child, the...
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Nic Fiddian-Green: A Search for Perfection
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Each morning, between seven and eight o'clock, Hyde Park and the surrounding streets echo with the clatter of the hooves of the Household Cavalry blacks. It is a wonderful witching hour, a link with our not-so-distant past...
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Re-Framing Britain's Past: Paul Sandby and the Picturesque Tour of Scotland
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Towards the end of 1747, little over a year after the Jacobite rebellion was finally defeated at the Battle of Culloden, the sixteen-year-old Paul Sandby arrived in Edinburgh to take up the post of chief draughtsman on the...
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Restoring St Paul's Cathedral
Restoring St Paul's Cathedral When The Evening Standard described the recently completed cleaning of St Paul's Cathedral as a 'makeover', it highlighted something about the collective mindset of our age. Lauded as revealing, for the first time,...
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Samuel Howitt's Funny Turn: Samuel Howitt (1756-1823), Sporting and Wildlife Artist
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Samuel Howitt took his blood sports seriously, both in their practice and as art. Where his brother-in-law, Thomas Rowlandson, might be tempted to picture comedy, Howitt's many sporting designs were almost wholly factual and...
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Setting Scholarship-And Shower-Curtain Design-Free
http://britishart.yale.edu/collections/search The Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, has placed digital images of its collections online. So far, so familiar. What is extraordinary is that all the images have been made available for reproduction...
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'Sir John Gilbert: Art and Imagination in the Victorian Age' Guildhall Art Gallery, London, 29 April-29 August
'Sir John Gilbert: Art and Imagination in the Victorian Age' Guildhall Art Gallery, London, 29 April-29 August John Gilbert was born at Blackheath in 1817. The story of his early life is a classic nineteenth-century artist's biography (there is...
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'The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900'
'The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900' Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2 April-17 July 2011 Musee d'Orsay, Paris, 12 September 2011-15 January 2012 de Young Museum, San Francisco, 18 February-17 June 2012 At the time of writing,...
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Thomas Gainsborough's First Self-Portrait
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With the birth of Thomas Gainsborough in 1727 Britain acquired an artistic prodigy whose talent manifested itself when he was a child. This fact was recognized by the headline above his obituary which appeared in the Morning...
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Two 'Allegrain' Landscapes at Temple Newsam
Temple Newsam, outside Leeds, was the home of the Ingrain family, the Viscounts Irwin, since the 17th century, and one of its great joys was that so much of its 18th-century appearance and appurtenances remained intact until the early 20th century....
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Understanding the Framing of the Turner Bequest
Introduction Matisse claimed that 'les quatre cotes du cadre sont parmi les parties les plus importantes d'un tableau', (1) while Degas suggested that 'the frame is the reward of the artist'. (2) Some artists have had strong views on the framing...
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'We Are Making a New World' (Paul Nash) Part 2
The first part of this study was published in The British Art Journal, vol XI, no. 2. It began by noting how few works by British artists from the period immediately following the First World War were exhibited in the home of British art, Tate Britain....
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