British Art Journal

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 3, Spring

Art in the Edinburgh Review
Little attention has been given to the 'art talk' to be heard The Edinburgh Review (1802-1929). This quarterly took in a wide range of art subjects in its conversation with a readership that by 1818 had already grown to nearly 14,000. Although primarily...
A Tale of Three Cities: Calcutta, Southampton and Florence: The Stibbert Family and Museum
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] The city of Florence has an unlikely link with Southampton through the Museo Stibbert (Pls 1, 18). General Giles Stibbert (1734-1809), Lord of the Manor of Portswood in Southampton, made his fortune in India, and his grandson,...
Bladdersticks and Fools: William Nicholson (1872-1949) and the Morris
Recently there has been a reappraisal of the work of the artist William Nicholson (1872-1949). (1) Although best known for his landscapes, society portraits and still-lifes, here I shall focus on the paintings produced by Nicholson during 1901-03 on...
Coldstream and Giacometti in London
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] 'It seems impossible to do!', cried Giacometti as he was leaving Paris for the last time. 'What?, he was asked. A head, the way I see it. Between now and tomorrow, though, I've got to manage.' (James Lord, Giacometti, 1983,...
Enchanted by Women: John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
'Enchanted by Women: John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)' Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, 14 Dec 2008-3 May 2009 The campaign to rehabilitate Victorian artists continues. After Dante Gabriel Rossetti (2003-4), George Frederic Watts...
'Francis Bacon'
'Francis Bacon' Tate Britain 11 September 2008-4 January 2009 (and two publications) Seeing gallery after gallery full of the works of Francis Bacon comes as a major shock. To use Bacon's own terminology, the pictures have an impact on the...
Making Art in Tudor Britain: New Research on Paintings in the National Portrait Gallery
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] [FIGURE 1A OMITTED] The history of painting in England between the death of Hans Holbein in 1543 and the arrival of Anthony Van Dyck in England in the early 1620s has traditionally been seen as fallow ground for art historians....
Paths to Fame: Turner Watercolours from the Courtauld
'Paths to Fame: Turner Watercolours from the Courtauld' The Courtauld Gallery, London, 30 October 2008 to 25 January 2009 With just 30 works, the Courtauld collection of Turner watercolours is not a large holding. However, it is a superb one,...
Pompeo Batoni in Lucca
The exquisite city of Lucca is famous for its romanesque architecture, for one. of the best restaurants in Italy, and for being the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), whose 250th anniversary has been noisily celebrated all over the world. The...
Sir Edwin Landseer's Man Proposes, God Disposes: And the Fate of Franklin
This essay is a discussion of the interaction between the visual and literary arts in the 19th century in relation to the failed expedition to the North-West passage in 1845 under the command of Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) and the disappearance with...
Sisters in Spirit: Alice Kipling Fleming, Evelyn Pickering De Morgan and 19th-Century Spiritualism
Alice (Trix) Kipling Fleming (1868-1948) and Evelyn Pickering De Morgan (1855-1919) (Pls 1, 2) were two late-Victorian women with much in common. (2) Both were well-educated and literate women who inhabited the privileged social and artistic circles...
The Captive Slave by John Simpson (1782-1847): A Rediscovered Masterpiece
Earlier this year, The Art Institute of Chicago acquired a virtually unknown painting by a little-known British portrait- and genre-painter, John Philip Simpson (1782-1847), which had not been exhibited in public for some 180 years) Hitherto, Simpson's...
The Identity of 'The Famous Paynter Steven': Not Steven Van der Meulen but Steven Van Herwijck
In the inventory of the Lumley collection taken in 1590, a number of pictures are noted as being by 'the famous paynter Steven'. (1) He is cited as painting the portraits 'Of the last Earle of Arundell Fitzallen, drawne twise'; of John, 1st Baron Lumley;...
The Life and Work of Henry Raeburn Dobson (1901-85)
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] [FIGURE 2 OMITTED] IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM SHARPE III DOBSON Introduction in 2003, I bought a portrait of a 'Scottish Gentleman' (Pl 1) in Brussels, Belgium. The portrait was signed, but not dated. Because I could not completely...
'Traitor Painters': Artists and Espionage in the First World War, 1914-18
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] [FIGURE 2 OMITTED] With the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 fears concerning the presence of secret agents in Britain erupted into an epidemic of 'spy mania.' For over a decade espionage had been a highly marketable...
'Turner E l'Italia'
Turner e l'Italia' Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara 16 November 2008-22 February 2009 [FIGURE 1 OMITTED] JMW Turner's watercolour of Edinburgh from Calton Hill invests the Scottish capital with the grandeur of a Roman panorama while his Minehead,...