Anne’s Pocket Guide to…

Art Nouveau, a pan-world architectural style Distinguished by their lavish sculpture, metalwork, stained glass windows and tile facades, Art Nouveau buildings were designed to stand out.  This short guide introduces you to the leading architects and designers who were determined to create a modern style on the eve of the 20th century. Hector Guimard, CastelContinue reading “Anne’s Pocket Guide to…”

Jugend Stila/ Jauniešu stils Riga

Riga, the capital of Latvia, is renowned for its fantastic Art Nouveau/Jugendstil buildings built at the beginning of the 20th century. Riga developed rapidly once the city walls were demolished in the mid-19th century (1857-63). The rapid expansion of the population, which almost doubled in the 20 years before the First World war, reaching overContinue reading “Jugend Stila/ Jauniešu stils Riga”

Modernisme Valencià

This post will be one of a series looking at Art Nouveau Architecture. They compliment the publication of my book on Art Nouveau Architecture published by Crowood in November 2020. The post also relates to my series of lectures on the artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) providing a cultural context for the famous Valencian artist.Continue reading “Modernisme Valencià”

Pre-Raphaelite Circles: Artistic Chelsea

Monkswell House, 7 Chelsea Embankment Robert Collier, 1st Baron Monkswell Mary Collier, Lady Monkswell 1849-1930 Hon. John Collier 1850-1934 Marion Huxley Collier 1859-87 My presentation on the De Morgans and Lovelaces, for the De Morgan Foundation, included the Lovelace’s neighbours on the Chelsea Embankment. The Lovelaces lived at No.12, Wentworth House, commissioned by Ralph King-Noel-Milbanke,Continue reading “Pre-Raphaelite Circles: Artistic Chelsea”

Pre-Raphaelite Circles: Mary Caroline Stuart-Wortley, Lady Artist

Mary Caroline Stuart-Wortley on her Wedding day on 30th December 1880 Although needed at home to nurse her invalid father, Mary Stuart-Wortley wanted to be a professional artist. She even considered commercial work, notably designing greetings cards. Perhaps she hoped to supplement the family’s income. According to family tradition Mary yearned to be an artistContinue reading “Pre-Raphaelite Circles: Mary Caroline Stuart-Wortley, Lady Artist”

Pre-Raphaelite Circles: De Morgans and Lovelaces — Anne Anderson

In her reminiscences, The Lilac and the Rose (1952), Susan Buchan, Baroness Tweedsmuir, the daughter of Caroline and Norman Grosvenor, recalled: We did not know many artists when we were children. But William de Morgan and his wife were friends of the Lovelaces and I saw them for time to time, though they were hard […]Continue reading “Pre-Raphaelite Circles: De Morgans and Lovelaces — Anne Anderson”