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The Courtauld and Tate Modern Galleries London

Oct 14, 2018 by


Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. Dr. Johnson

French Gems at The British Museum

Feb 1, 2017 by


Fans of all things French (well, maybe not all) we trotted off to the British Museum to see the Exhibition French Portrait Drawings from Clouet to Courbet. The publicity promised it would be full of gems from the Museum’s collection and did not disappoint (France must be gnashing its teeth). Added Bonus: Because the Museum owns copyright we were allowed to take photographs. A rare treat.

A Visit to South Folk and North Folk (Suffolk and Norfolk)

Nov 25, 2013 by


Ipswich is grand, absolutely grand. Just don’t go on a Tuesday. It’s closed. The Tourist Board (which was open) said it was a pity we were not there when the Museum was open as it’s well worth a peek as is Christchurch Mansion which has a fine collection of paintings by Suffolk painters Constable and […]

Rodin, Moore and Selfe.

Nov 3, 2013 by


Here we are at The Henry Moore Foundation to check out the Rodin / Moore exhibition. Moore, a huge fan of Rodin, is surely weeping for joy in Sculptor Heaven (I’ve written about Moore in Hertfordshire: A-Z). What could be more pleasurable than strolling in the fresh air on a balmy, autumn day in beautiful […]

Monsieur Manet and Monsieur Blanc

May 27, 2013 by


Well, well, well. The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) certainly managed to pull off a coup (do I mean scam?). The Manet Exhibition was such a disappointment (do I mean con?). Lord knows how many paintings were there but many were never intended and ought never to have been exhibited. One caption after another stated […]

Homage to The Amazing Mr Mackintosh.

May 14, 2011 by


Victor Horta, son of a shoe maker, designed the wonderful Hôtel Tassel in Brussels (1893). The King of Belgium made him a Baron for services to architecture. Four of Horta’s buildings are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, son of a policeman, designed the equally wonderful Glasgow School of Art (1900). It’s doubtful the […]

Nostell Priory

Mar 19, 2011 by


National Trust bumph trumpets that access to its properties is Free (sic) to Members. Free, my foot. No such thing as a free lunch. It costs and arm and a leg to join. However, once you have, it’s a really nice feeling ignoring the extortionate entrance fees. Last visit was to Nostell Priory near Wakefield […]

High Kicks & Low Life

Mar 10, 2011 by


The 5th of March was one of those rare days out. A very pleasant experience with nothing for me – an inveterate moaner who could pick a fight in an empty house – to moan about. It much pleases me to report that the Staff at the Cecil Higgins Gallery in Bedford have not yet […]