Category Archives: Art

Scottish National Gallery

Another enjoyable morning amongst paintings (and masses of tourists). I started with E A Wilson again (A Daydream, oil on canvas, 1885), and then came across the (to me) bizarre St Bride by John Duncan (1913, tempura on canvas, which … Continue reading

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Edinburgh: “True to Life” exhibition

Edinburgh is a handsomer city than Glasgow I suppose, but the centre lacks the latter’s eclecticism. I like mercantile cities that experienced a burst of dynamism in the 19th/early 20th centuries, even if it means that they also suffered a … Continue reading

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The Glasgow Colourists

Before checking out of the hotel, I returned to Kelvingrove to have a look at the Scottish Colourists’ gallery. After studying a few paintings, I got my eye in and entertained myself by going round the walls and guessing: Fergusson, … Continue reading

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Glasgow day 2

Day 2 started with a visit to the House for an Art Lover, built in the 1990s to Mackintosh’s sketchy designs (e.g. the front elevation plans didn’t accord with the back elevation) for a Darmstadt competition in 1901. It is … Continue reading

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More of Hamburg

Rain again [sigh: this time last year I was in Barcelona]. No wonder there are so many arcades in this city. I’m not sure how much British bombing raids left of Hamburg, so I don’t know what’s “authentic”. However, the … Continue reading

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A second day in London

I stopped at Africa House (built 1921) on Kingsway to look up at the sculpture that adorns it. Just the teensiest bit problematic? Those disembodied heads on the capitals look like something out of Heart of Darkness, and martial Britannia … Continue reading

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A day in London

I visited the Paul Nash exhibition at Tate Modern this morning. There was a serendipitous moment en route: the Gill-like relief sculptures on Neville House in Page Street: Thanks to an obliging doorman, I learned that they are by Edward … Continue reading

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