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Explorations in the footsteps of Turner, Cotman and Ruskin with Professor David Hill

Sublime slumbers has been silent for the past few months, but I have not been idle, nor laid low. Some readers even emailed to enquire after my possible demise. I cannot … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Bretton Hall Marbles: #1, The Ashtray and the Million Pound Plant Pot

This is the first of a series of articles that relates the discovery of two important Greek antiquities at Bretton Hall and explores their context and origins. I has taken … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Update: Turner and Heidelberg – a newly identified source for the Tate painting

Since completing part #6 of the series on Turner and Heidelberg, I have discovered a potential literary source for the subject of the Tate oil painting. In part #6, … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Update: Cotman and Point Lorenzo, Madeira

On 22 February 2015 I posted a article on ‘John Sell Cotman: Point Lorenzo, Madeira, 1828’. This followed a trip, earlier that month to see the site of a … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Turner and Scotland #1: Ben Arthur from near Ardgartan

Not all my Turnering goes according to plan. This is an interim report on a new identification for a watercolour at the British Museum. Currently called ‘Mountain study, a view … Continue reading

April 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Kirkby Lonsdale: What Ruskin really said.

This article visits the famous ‘Ruskin’s View’ at Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria. It is so christened after a particularly purple description of the scenery by Ruskin. Hardly anyone, however, has … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Cotman and Turner’s ‘Van Tromp’: A newly identified study of 1832

On 10 May 2015, I posted a short article identifying one of the Cotman sketches at Leeds Art Gallery as a memorandum of a painting by Turner, ‘Helvoetsluis’, exhibited at … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment