During lockdown our heads were turned by the appearance at auction of a most unusual portrait miniature of a man wearing a fur parka, bundled up against Arctic levels of cold, his hunting equipment to hand. Further research has shown this image to be wholly unique in the medium of the portrait miniature and extremely rare in any form of portraiture. Read more here.
In this episode, Philip investigates a father-son relationship between bohemian artist Augustus John and his son Robin John. Robin John (1904-1988) was the third son of Augustus John and his first wife Ida Nettleship (1877-1907).
This captivating portrait of Katherine Duer Mackay (1878–1930) was presumably completed during one of Ambrose McEvoy’s trips to America. His famed depictions of human character and beauty, particularly of women, became sought after and he maintained an illustrious list of clients spread between the United Kingdom and America, where he was represented for a period by the most celebrated international art dealer of the day, Lord Duveen. Ambrose McEvoy captures Mackay’s powerful influence and legacy which inspired a generation of women, whose efforts would ultimately attain the vote for women.
In this episode of Art in Isolation, Philip invites you back into his home to explore an intimate watercolour by the accomplished Gwen John. John carved her own distinctive style; often governed by an overriding stillness, subtlety of palette and a rich quality of light.
Lydia Miller, Assistant Curator, Cross-Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, explores the lives and work of artists Mary Beale (1633-1699) and Mary Delany (1700-1788).
In response to the kind words of encouragement and enthusiastic requests for another series, we are delighted to launch Art in Isolation Series 2. In this episode, Philip invites you back into his kitchen to view a work by one of the most important British artists of the twentieth-century, Henry Moore.
In response to the kind words of encouragement and enthusiastic requests for another series, we are delighted to announce that we will soon be launching Art in Isolation Series 2. Click here to find out more.
Throughout her prolific career, Dod exhibited around sixty-five still life works at the Royal Academy. The present painting of Caladiums, a flower originating from the rainforests in South America, was painted later in her life, following the death of her beloved husband in 1935. Procter has moved away from the direct, realist style of her earlier work, and instead opts for a more impressionist technique, with a greater emphasis on surface texture. Click through to view the video.
The Bluestocking Circle (act. c. 1755-c. 1795) was a high-class literary salon that promoted intellectual discussions and functioned as a social, artistic, and academic network. Conceived in the mid-eighteenth century, the group was founded by three distinguished ladies: Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and Frances Boscawen.