British Art Journal

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring

Ackermann's Repository 1809-28
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ... an essential guide to the Regency period ..." TSR Boase in The Oxford History of English Art, English Art 1800-1870 The artistic, commercial and social instinct and flair of Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834) (P1 2) animated,...
A Long-Lost Painting by GF Watts Rediscovered and Identified: Meeting of Samson and Delilah
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The large output of George Frederic Watts was exceptionally well-documented within less than a decade of the painter's death. His devoted widow and fellow-artist Mary Seton Watts not only wrote a detailed biography of her...
Attempts toward Fame and Fortune: Joseph Wright of Derby and Late-Renaissance Humanism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Joseph Wright of Derby's Corinthian Maid (Pl 1) is one of his best documented works thanks to a wealth of correspondence that survives in several archives. It is known Josiah Wedgwood and Thomas Bentley first discussed in...
Brandoin and Gibbon in Lausanne, C1787: A Drawing Rediscovered and a Letter Explained
If the name Michel-Vincent Brandoin (2) is remembered by historians of art, particularly in Britain, it is as a result of a single work: a print made after his drawing, The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Painting in the Year 1771 (3) (Pl 1). This...
Considering the Lilies: Symbolism and Revelation in Convent Thoughts (1851) by Charles Allston Collins (1828-73)
Early Pre-Raphaelite art is renowned for its exquisitely detailed depictions of Nature and its high moral purpose. Charles Allston Collins' best-known painting, Convent Thoughts (1850-1), is an outstanding example and was the key painting that led...
'Edward Burne-Jones. the Earthly Paradise'
'Edward Burne-Jones. The Earthly Paradise' Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, 24 October 2009-07 February 2010 Kunstmuseum, Bern, 19 March-25 August While examining the private collection of the Marquis of Stafford at Cleveland House in 1823, William...
'Frank Brangwyn'
'Frank Brangwyn' National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo 23 February-30 May 2010 The nucleus of the collection of the National Museum of Western Art, housed in a building designed by Le Corbusier in Tokyo, was the collection formed by the industrialist...
Images of Industry: Material Sources in British Art C1800
At the end of the 18th century, as the first signs of the industrial revolution began to make their mark on the British landscape, the physical structure of the world was receiving considerable attention from natural philosophers. The geology of the...
'I Preraffaelliti. Il Sogno del '400 Italiano Da Beato Angelico a Perugino Da Rossetti a Burne-Jones'
'I Preraffaelliti. Il sogno del '400 italiano da Beato Angelico a Perugino da Rossetti a Burne-Jones' Museo dell'arte della cittta di Ravenna 28 February-6 June Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 15 September-5 December For centuries, Italy has fascinated...
Joseph Wright of Derby and the Society of Artists of Great Britain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Within a few years of Joseph Wright's death, observers ere claiming that Wright's journey to Italy in the autumn of 1773 marked a decisive turning point in his career. In 1801 Benjamin West told Joseph Farington that his friend...
Joseph Wright of Derby in a Northern Light: Swedish Comparisons and Connections: Pehr Hillestrom & Elias Martin
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The continental view of Joseph Wright of Derby presented here will have a rather Nordic orientation. Two artists will be the focus of the discussion: the Swedish painters Elias Martin (1739-1818) and Pehr Hillestrom (1732-1816)....
Objects of Affection: Pre-Raphaelite Portraits by John Brett
Objects of Affection: Pre-Raphaelite Portraits by John Brett' Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham 30 April-4 July The Fine Art Society, London 20 July-7 August Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 14 September-28 November John Brett (1831-1902)...
Reflections on 'Turner and the Masters'
Reflections on 'Turner and the Masters' 'Turner and the Masters', Tate Britain 23 September 2009-31 January 2010; Galeries nationales, Grand Palais, Paris, 24 February-24 May; Prado, Madrid 22 June-19 September 'Turner's emulation of Claude',...
'Remarkable Characters': John Dempsey and the Representation of the Urban Poor in Regency Britain
It is a truism that the Georgian art world was structured around a very high demand for portraiture. (1) In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, portraits are consistently the dominant genre in the Royal Academy's annual summer exhibitions--usually...
'Symbolism in Belgium'
'Symbolism in Belgium' Musees royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 26 March-27 June According to Elizabeth Prettejohn, Symbolism is the link between the Pre-Raphaelites and Surrealism. The art generally known as 'Symbolism' flourished in quite a...
The British Art Journal X, 3 (10Th Anniversary Double Number)
Owing to a computer glitch, a few lines were missing from final paragraphs of the published versions of the three articles below. Here are the final paragraphs in full. 'Elysian Fields such as the poets dreamed of' The Mughal garden in the early...
The Lumley Inventory and the Lumley Chapel
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The publication of a splendid facsimile of the legendary Lumley Inventory, complete with expert articles about its intriguing history and contents, prompted thoughts about the fate of the principle surviving monuments which...
The Myth of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Beata Beatrix as Memorial Painting
Sixteen years after the death of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, an anonymous writer for The Athenaeum retrospectively evaluated the posthumous representation of the renowned poet-painter: The picture of Rossetti that lived in the public mind was that...
The 'Servant' Extraordinary: Some Account of the Life of Thomas Beauchamp (1623-C1697), Clerk to the Trustees for the Sale of King Charles I's Collections
From a family background in the City Founders' Livery Company, Thomas Beauchamp early demonstrated precociousness that propelled him into the position of Clerk to the Trustees for the Sale of the Late King Charles I's Art Collections. Here, his dealings...
'The Wye Tour and Its Artists'
'The Wye Tour and its Artists' Chepstow Museum 1 May-5 September, 2010 'Paul Sandby--Picturing Britain' Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 25 July-18 October, 2009; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 7 November 2009-7 February,...
William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2009
WILLIAM MB BERGER PRIZE FOR BRITISH ART HISTORY 2009 WINNING BOOK Diana Donald and Jane Munro, ed, Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge/Yale Center for British Art in association...