Archive for May, 2015

FOW Hat-stand

FOW Hat-stand




Hat-stand returns to meeting room 2 Mezzanine Floor

Whitworth Art Gallery



Very interesting to read a review in the Guardian of Shakespeare’s King John performed in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Built by Simon de Senlis, Earl of Northampton on his return from the crusades it is a miniature version of the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Great to have visited it on the way to London in February when we stopped in Northampton for lunch and culture.

Congratulations to Bamber Gascoigne on being such a nice person and nephew that his Aunt the Duchess of Roxburghe has left him West Horsley Place, a stately home in Surrey. Behind a door they found a long lost chalk study of Flaming June by Lord Leighton which will be sold to pay for restoration of the mansion.

Been watching and reading about Grayson Perry’s ‘House for Essex’. Sleeps six apparently, anyone interested?

Went to see Impressionists on Screen last week, good experience, the close-ups of the brushwork were amazing, plus very interesting details about the French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. I’m sure it was a good substitute for not being able to see the exhibition. The Guardian on Saturday had a fascinating article about the controversial Hugh Lane bequest, which includes many Impressionist paintings bought from Durand-Ruel. The collection is still being argued over by National Gallery London and the City Gallery in Dublin (which is named after Hugh Lane, who died on the SS Lusitania) – very complicated – not sure I followed all the in and outs of the story.


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