British Art Journal

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 3, Winter

Alexander Cozens and the Patronage of the Grant Family: With a Recipe for Varnish and a Treatise on Landscape
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Among the Seafleld papers in the National Archives of Scotland are four letters from Alexander Cozens that document the artist's services to Sir James Grant and members of his family. Given the scarcity of Cozens's surviving...
Andrew Wyld (1949-2011)
November sadly saw the passing of Andrew Wyld, dealer in English watercolours for over 40 years. His obituary, published in The Times 19 November 2011, best tells his story but to all he will be remembered as a kind soul, always generous with the knowledge...
A Picture of the Mind': Biography, Portraiture, and Edmond Malone's 'Account' of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1797)
In his fourth academic Discourse of 1771, Sir Joshua Reynolds observes that A Painter ... has but one sentence to utter, but one moment to exhibit. He cannot, like the poet or historian, expatiate'. (1) Addressing the question of the temporal is a...
Claude Lorrain. the Enchanted Landscape
'Claude Lorrain. The Enchanted Landscape' Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 6 October 2011-8 January 2012 Stadel Museum, Frankfurt, 3 February-6 May 'Claude le Lorrain. Le dessinateur face a la nature' Musee du Louvre, Paris, 21 April-18 July 2011...
Copyright Again, Only Much, Much Worse
Submissions ought now urgently to be made by readers of this journal in response to the British government's attempts to get to grips with what are called 'orphan works'. Photographic records of works of art themselves out of copyright have been dragged...
David Jones-Paintings and Watercolours
'David Jones--Paintings and Watercolours' Amgueddfa Cymru--National Museum Wales, Cardiff 5 November 2011-4 March 2012 The Anglo-Welsh artist and poet David Jones (1895-1974) was born into the generation that benefited most from the influence...
Denys Sutton (1917-91): Editor of Apollo 1962-87
Denys Sutton (Pl 1, Pl 2, Pl 4) began his biographical study of the minor painter RAM Stevenson, author of a classic study of Velazquez and cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson, with the following reflections: 'The fate of the writer about art who mainly...
'Disrobing Suky': One Mistress, but Two Masters? the Examination of a Portrait of Susanna Trevelyan
In the dining room at Wallington Hall, Northumberland, hangs a seemingly unremarkable 18th-century family portrait of Susanna Trevelyan (1736-1779) (Pl 1). (1) This painting carries with it, however, an intriguing, if unlikely, family anecdote: that...
E Aubrey Hunt (1855-1922), American Expatriate Artist
The American expatriate artist E Aubrey Hunt (18551922) has remained on the fringes of discovery by a larger audience for many years. As late as the 1950s a supplement to The Illustrated London News carried two large pages devoted to the works of Hunt...
Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer
Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer' Manchester Art Gallery from 24 September 2011 until 29 January 2012 Ford Madox Brown (1821-93) is an unappealing artist. By this I do not mean that he does not appeal to me, that I do not enjoy his work,...
'Great Britaine, All in Blacke': The Commemoration of Henry, Prince of Wales, in a Portrait of His Father, King James I
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] By the time that King James VI and I acceded to the English throne in 1603 the Stuarts were one of the oldest royal dynasties in Europe, having survived through direct descent for over two centuries. Following its move south...
Hilary Granger: The Architecture of Sir Ernest George
Hilary Granger The Architecture of Sir Ernest George Spire Books, Reading ISBN 978-1-904965-31-2 65 [pounds sterling] Ernest George (1839-1922) was one of the most respected, influential and ubiquitous architects working in England in the...
Iconography and Identity in Early 17th-Century Medical Portraiture: The Case of the Unknown Physician
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the Spring of 1631, the Swiss physician Theodore Turquet de Mayerne (1573-1655) wrote to Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), thanking him for the 'excellent tableau' Rubens had sent him (Pl 1). (1) The year before, in London,...
'John Martin: Apocalypse'
'John Martin: Apocalypse' Tate Britain, London 21 September 2011-15 January 2012 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] John Martin achieved fame, indeed notoriety, in the late 1810s and 1820s by exhibiting a series of enormous canvases illustrating scenes...
Meditations on a Tea-Cosy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I have in my possession a Victorian tea-cosy (Pl 1). It was among the belongings of my late aunt in a drawer beneath her bed, along with piles of starched and folded table cloths, napkins and doilies. Had I known of its existence...
Morris, Ashbee and Lethaby in Picardy: Educational Aspects of Touring and Sketching Gothic Architecture for the Arts and Crafts Movement
In this article I will focus on artist-travellers of the Arts and Crafts Movement and their sketches of the Picardy region, with its wealth of 13th-century Gothic cathedrals and churches. I will argue that these trips, made in their youth or at a more...
Pauline Rohatgi and Graham Parlett Assisted by Shirley Imray and Pheroza Godrej: Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists: Paintings and Drawings from the Victoria and Albert Museum 17th to the Early 20th Century
Pauline Rohatgi and Graham Parlett assisted by Shirley Imray and Pheroza Godrej Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists: Paintings and Drawings from the Victoria and Albert Museum 17th to the Early 20th Century Victoria and Albert Museum, London,...
Stanley Spencer and the English Garden
'Stanley Spencer and the English Garden' Compton Verney, Warwickshire, 25 June-2 October 2011 'Schilderkunst tussen Hemel en Aarde ['Between Heaven and Earth']. Stanley Spencer' Kunsthal, Rotterdam, 17 September 2011-15 January 2012 Compton...
Susan Sloman: Gainsborough's Landscape: Themes and Variations
Susan Sloman Gainsborough's Landscape: Themes and Variations Philip Wilson Publishers in association with The Holburne Museum 2011 ISBN 978-0-85667-697-0 14.95 [pounds sterling] pp110 This is the handsome but somewhat muddling book and...
Susie Harries: Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life
Susie Harries Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life Chatto and Windus, 2011 ISBN 9780701168391 30 [pounds sterling], pp866 In many ways this splendid and enjoyable biography is an autobiography with a detailed and informative commentary Its author,...
'The Rising Genius': Simeon Solomon's Unexplored Interpretation of Sandro Botticelli
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The art and life of Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) continues to be rewritten into the history of British art, and of the Pre-Raphaelites in particular. Simon Reynolds, Gayle Seymour, Colin Cruise and Roberto Ferrari have helped...
'Too Individual an Artist to Be a Mere Echo: Female Pre-Raphaelite Artists as Independent Professionals
This article examines the relationship between Pre-Raphaelitism and the emergence of female painters working as professionals in the 53 years between 1848 the year of the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB)--and 1901, the last year of...
'William Morris: Story, Memory, Myth'
'William Morris: Story, Memory, Myth' 2 Temple Place, London WC2 28 October 2011-29 January 2012 Wlliam Waldorf Astor was the richest man in America after inheriting his father's property empire in New York in 1890. But having made up his...
Winter Fine Art and Antioue Fair
Olympia was a very happy affair this autumn with many dealers making strong sales and with an increase in visitor numbers compared to 2010. There are always a number of exhibitors who specialise in British art in attendance, making it an excellent...
Zoffany at the Yale Center for British Art: 'Johan Zoffany RA: Society Observed', Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 27 October 2011-12 February 2012: Royal Academy of Arts, London, 10 March-6 October
The great Zoffany exhibition curated by Martin Postle arrives in the Royal Academy in London in March. It is bound to be hugely popular and will establish Zoffany's reputation once and for all. Even with the important addition of The Tribuna of the...