Category Archives: Art

Manchester art gallery

A visit to check on William Holman Hunt’s “The Shadow of Death” after seeing it in Leeds art gallery on Wednesday. As I thought – Manchester has the large original and Leeds has a smaller, later version. I also spent … Continue reading

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Leeds Art Gallery

I spent an enjoyable hour wandering around Leeds art gallery after lunch. I looked round the Victorian gallery more quantitatively than qualitatively: most paintings were on “home-grown” themes – Lady Godiva, landscapes, scenes from Victorian life – but the others … Continue reading

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La Piscine, Roubaix

As a swimming pool, La Piscine must have been a haven for workers living and working in Roubaix’s textile factories. It echoed Mallet-Stevens’s call for light, sport and hygiene, but much lower down the social scale. It’s a different kind … Continue reading

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London today

From above, the British Library looks like a ship; an oil tanker perhaps, since it lacks the elegance of the Art Deco wraparound style. Walking along Mortimer Street, I stopped to look at Radiant House (1915). It has a bit … Continue reading

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Port Sunlight

Port Sunlight was founded by Lord Lever in 1888 to provide housing for workers at his soap factory.  Most of the surviving buildings are from the early 20th century (Lever died in 1925) and included a school, swimming pool, church, … Continue reading

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Leeds art gallery

Thanks to train and track disruption, I bagged another cathedral today. The train detoured via Lincoln, so I had a brief view of the cathedral. Leeds art gallery has finally re-opened. It is full of images which have been familiar … Continue reading

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York

A guided tour of the minster, which made me realise how much there is to learn about one building. An hour and a half only scratched the surface. Work started on the transepts of York minster in 1220 and continued … Continue reading

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