Art History

I love visiting museums, historical buildings, gardens and galleries. I write about art history regularly and although they all have the ‘Art History’ category label, some are about Architecture while others are small bits of art history served to you as a Bitesize Blog. Other tags to explore are 17th Century, Hardwick Hall, Miniatures

Bitesize Blog: William Larkin

William Larkin Portrait of Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset Oil on canvas, 206.3×122.2cm (81…

Bitesize Blog: Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright of Derby Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump Oil on canvas, 183…

Birds & Bees & Embroidery

  ​A Portrait by William Larkin? I recently came across this portrait at Bristol Museum (above left)…

A Master of Pastel

Image: Jean-Étienne Liotard: Marie-Anne Françoise Liotard with a Doll, circa 1775, pastel on parchment, 45x50cm.…

Bitesize Blog: Luttichuys’ Lace

Isaack Lutichuys Portrait of a Young Lady Oil on canvas, 99x82cm, 1656 The fairly unknown…

Verspronck: Girl in Blue

To many viewers, his paintings might look alike. Portraits of men and women, often with…

Strawberries and Borage in 17th Century Jackets

Jacobean embroidered jackets are a very common sight within the portraiture of the early 17th…

A Treasure Trove in Nottinghamshire

Image: Welbeck Abbey. West front. 19th century photo. Picture: Harley Gallery. Welbeck Abbey Welbeck Abbey…

Who is Your Favourite Artist?

This question is often asked but never really answered as I cannot name a single…

Self Portraits by Van Dyck and Others

Recently the people of Great Britain helped to save a major self-portrait by 17th century…

Dutch Masters at the Queen’s Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery in London has a new exhibition which opened last Friday called Masters…

Painted Pals

I am indulging myself in going slightly dog mad these days.  Ever since our beloved…

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall, the home of the fabulous  Bess of Hardwick, is a Tudor gem of…

The Velvet Top Twelve

Soft and lush, rich and deep colours; velvet is and always has been one of…

Welbeck Abbey and its Owners

The history of Welbeck Abbey goes back to the 12th century when a  monastery was…