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Van Gogh Tour

Generously backed by my sponsor Bob Tickler I am organising short tours of Van Gogh’s works in Amsterdam, Utrecht and the Louvre Paris. It’s quite a daunting task so l welcome the opportunity of a trial run with Daphne Colthard  helping with  the hotels  restaurants. We got off to [...]

March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Left-arm round, mostly

Since removing myself from the Bromley suburban rat race after a three decades ‘before the mast’ in a career I loved, I have been living in the quiet hamlet of Climping in West Sussex along with Mrs Elkins, our two cats Reg and Samantha, and my treasured collection of Victorian cricketing [...]

March 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Opportunity to re-assess a great artist

Here’s a recommendation for readers of the National Rust with an artistic bent – the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of John Singer Sargent paintings, as reviewed by Jonathan Jones today on the website of THE [...]

February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ken Howard

Reading the autobiography Ken Howard – Light and Dark I am struck by the similarities of his life and works with Ted Seago. Both were/are figurative painters, immensely popular with sell-out exhibitions at the Colnaghi gallery, both had more popular than critical acclaim, and both careers [...]

December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

The flourishing of the artistic spirit

Last night I had dinner with a cultivated lawyer who is an aficionado of the art of the early Renaissance. He made the point that Masaccio, Brunoleschi, Ghiberti and Donatello flourished in a time of the Black Plague, internecine wars with other Republic City states and in the case of Donatello he [...]

December 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The White Oak

Yesterday Polly and I decided to visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery and lunch at one of my favourites the White Oak. Grace left before breakfast. She  is the world’s unluckiest traveller and it was no surprise when she texted that all trains to Paddimgton were delayed. I will need to speak [...]

October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Popularity in the arts

In recent posts in the Rust,  popularity in the arts has been discussed in the context of Daphne du Maurier ‘s writing and Edward Seago. Popularity itself does not mean a writer or artist is second rate. Critics who often fail to make living from their art or writing are sometimes scathing [...]

September 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Edward Seago

Edward Seago was a popular artist, led an interesting life and knew well circus performers as well as the Royal Family but sadly the biography by Jean Goodman does him little justice. It is billed as as a wider canvas drawing on the writings of his brother John a humane trapper of animals in Kenya. [...]

September 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Jacques Emile Blanche

One of the interesting aspects of my work is to advise friends and clients on paintings. One friend buys through a well known gallery. It’s generally thought that this is an expensive way of building a collection. However it does have certain advantages in provenance and quality. You would be [...]

September 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Edward Seago

As an art critic and historian, I sometimes am requested to advise on collectible artists and one I recommend is Edward Seago. Born in Norwich in 1910 as the son of a coal merchant, he was entirely self-educated. He had a heart condition, first diagnosed aged 7, which forced him to spend a great [...]

August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

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