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A funny thing……

Posted: October 30, 2020 in Art, History

I was surprised on Tuesday this week to receive an email from The Times newspaper asking permission to reproduce a photograph from this blog. I will be honest with you that I thought it was a windup or a scam. But I checked the email and it was from ‘’, so it seemed genuine. I replied and agreed that they could use the photo. Thinking it was for some glossy magazine article, I asked when it would be published. ‘Tomorrow’ came the reply. So we dutifully bought a copy of the paper the next day (Confession, it’s not the one I normally read) and there it was, or at a small least part of it, on Page 3 in a serious story about the connection between our Royal Palaces and slavery.

Ceiling - Kings Staircase
The original photo as it appeared on the blog. The area reproduced is to the right of centre.

I have had photos that have appeared on the blog used elsewhere before. Most recently, a church that wanted to use some photos of an abbey founded by someone who was buried in their crypt. But this is my first time in a national newspaper. Do I now get to include a strap-line in the blog title ‘as seen in the Times’? Only kidding.

Missing the great outdoors

Posted: July 24, 2020 in Art, Landscape

I guess that one of the big downsides of lockdown for me has been the restriction on travel and I am really missing the wide open spaces. I have been reflecting this in my painting and so am sharing with you a couple of paintings I have done on this theme over the past couple of weeks.

Looking forward to the time when I can experience them in reality

Raging Bull

Posted: July 10, 2020 in Art

One of my tasks over the Lockdown has been making a digital record of the paintings I have done. This is one of my favourites which I did some years ago at an art class.

Winter Mountains

Posted: May 21, 2020 in Art

I used to paint a lot but haven’t done any pictures for about 5 years. So during the lock-down I decided to get out my paints and dust off my brushes.

Here is a winter mountain scene I did last weekend (Its a wet on wet oil technique)

I have visited the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam on a number of occasions but was unaware that he had lived in the UK for 3 years or seen any of his UK pictures.

Tammy Tour Guide

Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night 1888 Vincent Van Gogh – ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’. Paris, Musée d’Orsay. Photo – RMN-Grand Palais/Hervé Lewandowski.

If you ask the average man or woman in the street to name a famous painter, they’d probably pick Vincent Van Gogh. He’s one of the most memorable artists who ever lived with his vibrant paintings which strike a powerful emotional chord.

Van Gogh has been immortalised in songs, Hollywood films, posters, advertisements and even on tea towels. He’s quintessentially Dutch, having been born in the Netherlands, but lived for most of his artistic life in France.

But few people know that he also lived in England for three years between 1873-1876.  The Van Gogh exhibition at the Tate Britain takes us on his British journey and looks at how he was influenced by his stay in London.  But does it tell us anything new about him?

Van Gogh’s Love of Britain


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What Lincoln Cathedral may lack in ancient monuments it certainly makes up for in wonderful stained glass.

Today in 1902 Thomas Tally reportedly opened the first permanent movie theatre in the USA on S Main, Los Angeles. Although movies had been shown prior to this date, Tally had been operating in Los Angeles since 1896, this was the first time they had been shown in a building dedicated to showing movies.
Tally’s claim to the first dedicated movie theatre has been challenged as some researchers say records show that a dedicated movie theatre had existed in both New York and Buffalo since 1896.

Thomas Tally (1915)
By The Moving Picture World – The Moving Picture World, July 10, 1915 (page 263), Public Domain,

In 1912 he was the first exhibitor to show a colour film in Los Angeles. Tally was also involved in an early organisation distributing films between exhibitors in major American cities.

Smithfield is an area in the city of London. In early Medieval times, it was one of the few areas on the edge of the ancient city that was not marshland and became known as Smoothfield. Originally used as a mustering ground for troops, it soon developed other uses – as a jousting ground and a place of execution. It was the site of the Bartholomew Fayre which took place for 3 days every year and to the east lay the infirmary of St Batholomew’s Monastery (later St Bartholomew’s Hospital, one of London’s great teaching hospitals). Later a daily live cattle market was held here. In Victorian times this was moved further out of London and replaced by Smithfield Market a meat market. In order to transport the meat to the market, the Victorians built a dedicated underground railway station (now an underground car park) and covered the excavations with a garden, now known as West Smithfield Garden.

In the garden stands a statue of Peace. It dates from 1879 and is the work of John Birnie Philip. Originally she was one of a set (temperance, hope, faith and charity being the others) but the other 4 have been removed. There is a story that a local worker found a ring in the garden and not knowing who it belonged to placed it on the finger of the statue. Sadly I am told that even if this story is true then it is no longer there.

The Huntress Fountain, which is found in the Rose Garden in Hyde Park, is a bronze figure of Diana, Goddess of hunting. It dates from 1906 and was sculpted by Feodara Gleichen, the first female member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

Statues and Monuments: Line-out

Posted: February 5, 2019 in Art, London, UK

This statue stands on the South Plaza of Twickenham Stadium, home of the England Rugby Union team.

The 27 ft tall sculpture depicts a line-out and around its base are the core values of the game: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. It was sculpted by Gerald Laing, who also created the sculptures which sit upon the stadium’s west gate.