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Chinese Scrimshaw

Since we have been in the Far East for a number of the past few chapters, I thought we might look at something that is more folk art from there. #Scrimshaw is the art of carving or engraving on bone … Continue reading

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Chinese Snuff Bottle

I thowught we might return to China and look at something which was made to carry snuff or powdered tobacco. Snuff was considered as a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, flu, headaches and even stomach upset (smoking tobacco … Continue reading

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Edwin La Dell lithographer

The art of lithography – printing with stones – was invented in 1796. The stone would have a image drawn onto it using wax, oil or fat. An acid would then be applied etching the non-protected (untreated) parts of the … Continue reading

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Norwegian Art

Today, we visit a country not truly known as being a centre of the arts. Norwegian art is mostly grouped together with the other Scandinavian countries under the name Nordic Art. For most of Norways artistic history, it has been … Continue reading

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Qianlong Ch’ien-Lung

I recently came across, what I think are two very fine #Chinese vases. They are not very large, standing only 5 5/8″ (142mm) and 2 1/8″ (54mm) in diameter. Often, I see pieces which are, for me, poorly painted – … Continue reading

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The Thomas Viaduct or Latrobe’s Folly

Today, we look at a small pen and ink drawing which I came across this past week. It is a landscape in which the focus is a viaduct but amazingly this viaduct is not found here in England but in … Continue reading

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Robert W. Macbeth artist

We travel to Glasgow, Scotland, to visit with artist #RobertWMacbeth (1848-1910). Robert belonged to a family which produced a good number of artists. His father was a well known portrait painter, two of his brothers were artists and his niece … Continue reading

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Art walls

After six years of collecting, I have acquired a good number of artworks. This has come to mean that I have run out of wall space to display them. Over time, I have leant towards hanging originals rather than prints. … Continue reading

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Tabular Estimate of some leading members of the House of Commons

Quite a while back, I bought a number of pieces as a job lot. I was not actually sure what I might find when I had the time to look thoroughly at the individual pieces. This chapter is about one … Continue reading

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Misssed Places

When my wife and I holiday, we tend to work out and plan what we might like to see and do. Our itinerary is not solid but is flexible on the chance that we encounter something we might like to … Continue reading

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