REVIEW | Leighton House Museum and Sambourne House, London

Sambourne House was the first historic house I ever volunteered at. Practically no one had ever heard of it, but it remains to my knowledge one of the best preserved Victorian interiors in London. Revisiting the place some six years later following a major re-brand, barely a thing has changed and the house remains justContinue reading “REVIEW | Leighton House Museum and Sambourne House, London”

REVIEW | Pre-Raphaelites: Drawings and Watercolours – Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Pre-Raphaelites: Drawing and Watercolours is a powerful showcase of the best of Victorian draughtsmanship and their inventive twists on culture and society. It opens with a pair of portraits by William Holman Hunt of Thomas Combe and his wife Martha, whose collection underpins the Ashmolean Museum’s major Pre-Raphaelite holdings. Naturally, we are introduced to keyContinue reading “REVIEW | Pre-Raphaelites: Drawings and Watercolours – Ashmolean Museum, Oxford”

A case of ‘mirror mania’ – Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

When the National Gallery acquired Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (1434) in 1842, it was the only pristine example of early Netherlandish painting from this period in their collection. Van Eyck had also been erroneously credited as the inventor of oil painting, a sixteenth-century myth invented by Giorgio Vasari in Italy and perpetuated by KarelContinue reading “A case of ‘mirror mania’ – Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites”

The Return of Flaming June

Among an unfettered mass of dark crimson and pale olive draperies a young woman dressed in radiant orange sleeps peacefully. In the distance lies endless Mediterranean waters, shimmering in the gleaming sun; a mountainous island appears beyond the afternoon haze. She sleeps against a marble bench and parapet, her head leaning into her bent armContinue reading “The Return of Flaming June”

REVIEW | Connect Art Fair 2019Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection – Leighton House Museum

This article was first published (without images) in The Courtauldian. Leighton House Museum’s latest exhibition is a commemoration of a promised gift to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, from one of the most significant private collections in North America. The group of eighty drawings was collected by Dr Dennis T. Lanigan, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon whose fascinationContinue reading “REVIEW | Connect Art Fair 2019Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection – Leighton House Museum”