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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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DISCOVERING PAINTINGS : Turner, Turnips, & Iron

   J M W Turner : ‘Ploughing up Turnips near Slough’ : exh 1809  : Tate Britain. The recent film ‘Mr Turner’ gave an intriguing glimpse into the complex nature and life of J M W Turner – an artist whose work is far more than  the usual illustrated works such as ‘Rain, Steam, and […]

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DISCOVERING PAINTINGS : Jan Steen, Fat & Lean

   Jan Steen (attrib) : ‘The Fat Kitchen : c1650        Jan Steen (attrib) : The Lean Kitchen : c1650 This pair of paintings, attributed to the seventeenth century Dutch artist Jan Steen, are part of the important collection of paintings at Cheltenham Art Gallery. They have intrigued me for years – from […]

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DISCOVERING PAINTINGS : ‘Dicky Gossip’

Samuel de Wilde : Mr Suett as Dicky Gossip in ‘My Grandmother’ : 1797 : Ashmolean Every now and again I come across a painting which I have never really stopped to look at before – however well I may think I know the gallery. The painting may not be  large, or colourful, or dramatic – and […]

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