Category Archives: Drawings and Sketches

Princess Victoria

When it comes to identifying a person in a portrait, it can be a painstakingly long process. A number of months back, I considered that the young woman in a graphite and body colour portrait in my collection might have … Continue reading

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Pietro Annigoni – portrait artist

A man whose name you might not know but you have likely seen his work. #PietroAnnigoni (1910-1988) was a portrait artist from Italy. His nickname was ‘the painter of queens’ for his renown came from his portraiture of royals and … Continue reading

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Chinese Painting

I have a number of Chinese paintings in my collection and love the techniques used. The utter simplicity with which the artist creates. Chinese landscape painting is considered the epitome of Chinese painting styles. It is associated with a refined … Continue reading

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Persian Miniatures

Today, we travel to Iran to look at miniature paintings. And we begin with artist #ArdeshirMojaradTakestani. Takestani was born in the city of Rasht in 1949 and is presently one of the foremost painters in the miniature style. He is … Continue reading

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Nicholas Pocock marine artist

A small watercolour by artist #NicholasPocock was added to my collection this week but it is the sketch on the verso that is more of interest. Pocock (1740-1821) is known for his detailed paintings of naval battles during the age … Continue reading

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Albert Edward, Prince of Wales

I bought a picture at a charity shop in town this week past. Nothing new there. It was old, stained, and mediocrely framed. Due to its’ condition most people would pass it by but that is just not me. So, … Continue reading

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Henry Holiday ‘Dante and Beatrice’

I have written in regards to Dante in a couple of other chapters and today we look at an image by artist #HenryGeorgeHoliday (1839-1927). Perhaps Henry Holiday’s best known painting is that of Dante and Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinitas … Continue reading

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Gustave Louis Jaulmes

Today's artist, #GustaveLouisJaulmes (1873-1959) was born in Switzerland and died in Paris.  He was an eclectic artist whose vast range of interests and wonder had him creating monumental frescoes, paintings, posters, illustrations, cartoons for tapestries,  carpets and decorations for objects … Continue reading

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Jane Austen 

One expects that great and renowned authors like #JaneAusten would be instantly recognisable but in fact only five or six images of Miss Austen have been authenticated and most of them are taken from a drawing done by Jane’s sister … Continue reading

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Federico Barocci ‘Hagar and Ishmael’

Today we look at a drawing, acquired recently, which is after #FedericoBarocci.  Barocci (1535-1612) was an Italian master.  He was born Federico Fiori in Urbino, Italy.  He was nicknamed Il Baroccio, which is the term for a two-wheel cart drawn by oxen. … Continue reading

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