British Art Journal

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring

Beyond 'Books for the Illiterate' Understanding English Medieval Wall Paintings
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] Medieval church interiors were entirely covered with paintings; between 1100 and the Reformation in the 1530s, hardly any ecclesiastical wall space was left bare (Pl 1). (1) Although most of these paintings have since been destroyed--some...
Catching the Light: The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke
Catching the Light: The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke by Catherine Wallace Atelier Books, 35 [pounds sterling] The new biography of Tuke by Catherine Wallace, who curated the two exhibitions of his work at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro,...
'David Jones': Monnow Valley Arts Centre
The Monnow Valley Arts Centre is beautifully sited on the side of a hill overlooking Hatherwell Hill and The Skirrid on the fringes of the Black Mountains. It was opened in the summer of 2006 and is the brainchild of Rupert Otten of Wolseley Fine Arts....
Edward Burra: Twentieth-Century Eye
Edward Burra: Twentieth-Century Eye Jane Stevenson Jonathan Cape, 2007 30 [pounds sterling] ISBN 9780224078757 One achievement of this book is to make one consider what the biography of an artist can do. Burra was, in many ways, a typical...
Exhibition Preview
The mysterious Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916) specialized in, on the face of it, rather gloomy little paintings of great delicacy fraught with heavy, but barely intimated, meaning. He visited London on several occasions, for example,...
Henry Scott Tuke
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] These two exhibitions mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929), one of Cornwall's most celebrated artists, whose reputation has enjoyed a considerable revival in recent years. Sponsored by the Heritage...
Hogarth's Mackinen Children
The Mackinen Children (Pl 1) is admired as one of William Hogarth's finest full-length portraits, but it has not received any extended consideration. (1) Besides questions about the sitters identities and the work's proper dating, it is appropriate...
J.M. W. Turner: The Making of a Modern Artist
J.M. W. Turner: The Making of a Modern Artist Sam Smiles Manchester University Press 2007 H/b, 240pp, 39 b&w ill ISBN 9780719077081 In 2006-7, a small exhibition curated by Ian Warrell at Tare Britain, Norham Castle, Sunrise: From...
L'art Britannique Dans Les Collections d'Alexandre Vattemare (1796-1864) et Dans Son Album Cosmopolite
Alexandre Vattemare, ventriloque, voyageur, visionnaire Alexandre Vattemare fut un collectionneur tres representatif d'un XIXeme siecle eclectique et universaliste. Toutefois, sa collection ne presente aucun equivalent dans l'histoire, tant elle...
Mellon: An American Life
Mellon: An American Life David Cannadine Allen Lane, London, 2006, 779 pp, 20 col., 86 b&w ills 30 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-713-99508-4 The first published biography of Andrew Mellon provides not only a detailed account of this...
No. 36 Castle Street East: A Reconstruction of James Barry's House, Painting and Printmaking Studio, and the Making of the Birth of Pandora
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] [FIGURE 2 OMITTED] Writing in the New Monthly Magazine, 1823, William Henry Curran recalled the day, early in 1804, when 'little more than a boy', that he first became acquainted with James Barry. Living then in nearby Berners...
'Ten Bob's Worth of Beauty?' Theodore Garman (1924-54) and His Place in Mid-20th-Century British Art
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] I've just sold a picture of some tulips to one of the psychologists down here ... The old josser seemed quite pleased when I suggested 10/- and declared that his wife 'would love ten bob's worth of beauty!' (1) SO wrote...
'The Age of Enchantment': Dulwich Picture Gallery
This exhibition did just what good exhibitions are meant to do. On leaving, you emerge into a world subtly transformed. As you walk back down Gallery Road towards West Dulwich station tree roots glimpsed out of the corner of your eye seem to writhe...
The Restoration of King Henry IX Identifying Henry Stuart, Cardinal York
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] [FIGURE 2 OMITTED] In June 1747, Henry Stuart, Duke of York, the younger son of the exiled 'Old Pretender' James III, was made a cardinal by his godfather, Pope Benedict XIV. The last attempt to restore the Smarts, the 1745...
The Walpole Society
The Walpole Society, LXX, 2008 'Early Mezzotints: Prints Published by Richard Tompson and Alexander Browne' by Carol Blackett-Ord and Simon Turner and 'George Vertue as an Engraver' by David Alexander Published by the Walpole Society Maney Publishing,...
To 'Shew Virtue Its Own Image': William Hodges's the Effects of Peace and the Consequences of War, 1794-1795
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] The debilitation of the London art market was one consequence of the war between Britain and revolutionary France which began in February 1793. As the landscape painter William Hodges (1744-1797) declared in a book he completed...
Une Gouache De Turner Difficile a Identifier: Priamar, la Forteresse De Savone Sur la Riviera Ligure
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] Une des plus interessantes gouaches peintes par Turner sur la Riviera mediterraneenne du royaume de Piemont-Sardaigne (aujourd'hui departement francais des Alpes Maritimes et province italienne de Ligurie) est celle qui est connue...