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Cheltenham Art Gallery Works on Paper: No.1

J.M.W.Turner : watercolour and ink : ‘Cook’s Folly, Clifton.’ c1791. INTRODUCTION Art gallery collections, particularly those in the provinces, are usually described and classified in terms of their oil and tempera paintings. There is nothing essentially wrong in that fact because a visitor entering an art gallery will be surrounded by such works, with many more, […]

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Discovering Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum : No.2.

An Intriguing Spectacle. As I was exploring, and thoroughly enjoying, the Paper Store at the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum (The Wilson) I came across an intriguing item which resonated with a problem I have with my eye-sight. It is nothing too serious but very irritating at times – basically it is that I find […]

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Discovering Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum : No.1.

Return, and discovery of the PAPER STORE. Apologies to my readers for my lengthy absence.  No – I have not died or otherwise expired! The past year and a half have been somewhat fraught as I started the long process of leaving my parish duties and my regular teaching at the Ashmolean Museum. For a […]

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Discovering Paintings – Cotman

John Sell Cotman ‘The Mishap’ (1824-28) : Norwich City Art Gallery Cotman has been a favourite artist of mine for a very long time and continues to intrigue me. I grew up in Suffolk, in the rural north of that county. The painting collection at nearby Norwich included many works by the ‘Norwich School’ – […]

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