A Twopeny Portfolio: A Cumbrian Connection

This article continues the examination of a portfolio of twenty-five drawings bought at Anderson & Garland, Newcastle upon Tyne, 21 March 2017, lot 46 as ‘Various Artists (British 19th Century) Sundry drawings and watercolours, mainly topographical and floral studies, including a grisaille "South Gate, Lynn, Norfolk”, bearing the signature of J.S.Cotman, various sizes, all unframed … Continue reading A Twopeny Portfolio: A Cumbrian Connection

A Twopeny Portfolio: #22 Red and White Striped Carnation, 1818.

This article considers the twenty-second work of twenty-five bought at Anderson & Garland, Newcastle upon Tyne, 21 March 2017, lot 46 as 'Various Artists (British 19th Century) Sundry drawings and watercolours, mainly topographical and floral studies, including a grisaille "South Gate, Lynn, Norfolk", bearing the signature of J.S.Cotman, various sizes, all unframed in a folio.' … Continue reading A Twopeny Portfolio: #22 Red and White Striped Carnation, 1818.

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 ever considered his commentary in full. In what follows we will retrace Ruskin’s footsteps and discover that he said rather more than is generally admitted. … Continue reading Kirkby Lonsdale: What Ruskin really said.

Truanting with Turner: Dallam Tower and the Kent Estuary at Milnthorpe, Cumbria

My friends tell me that it’s not real work, not proper research; all this trotting off to places Turner might have been. It’s a bit like Richard Long expecting to make a living out of walking and camping holidays. My unappreciative chums may have a point, but I want to argue here that ‘real’ work … Continue reading Truanting with Turner: Dallam Tower and the Kent Estuary at Milnthorpe, Cumbria