Views and Reviews

Tag Archives for British art


Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision (National Portrait Gallery)

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014 by Thomas Hughes

The idea that an exhibition of assorted paintings, photographs and objects can constitute a ‘portrait’ of someone is an interesting one. Bloomsbury biographer Frances Spalding’s exhibition on Virginia Woolf has added another chapter to the interdisciplinary history of Bloomsbury by … Continue reading

Categories: Courtauld Critics | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off


Constable: The Making of a Master (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Thursday, 23 October, 2014 by Chelsey Randall-Wright

John Constable is one of those artists who will stay forever loved among the English, but is unfortunately often relegated to obscurity abroad. When I visited the V&A for this major new exhibition of his painting, I was struck by … Continue reading

Categories: Courtauld Critics | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off


Art and Life (Dulwich Picture Gallery)

Monday, 7 July, 2014 by Harry Laughland

‘Art and life’ is currently in its third incarnation after stops in Leeds and Kettle’s Yard. When it closes after the Dulwich offering in late September it will have been on the road for nearly a year, an impressive feat … Continue reading

Categories: Courtauld Critics | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off


Flip, Linger, Glide: The Movements of Magazine Pictures and Their Publics c. 1915

Tuesday, 25 March, 2014 by Costanza Beltrami

  Jennifer Greenhill’s talk focused on the illustrations of early 20th -century female periodicals, especially the work of American illustrator Coles Phillips (1880-1927).  As owner of an advertising agency and illustrator of mass-consumption magazines, Phillips is a fitting character to … Continue reading

Categories: Research Rhythms | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off


Alan Sorrell: A Life Reconstructed (Soane Museum)

Thursday, 30 January, 2014 by Aimee Rubensteen

  Sir John Soane’s Museum is the most fitting setting for the first major survey of Alan Sorrell’s oeuvre. Alan Sorrell (1904-1974) was an English artist who worked in multiple mediums, but is best known for his archeological illustrations. Like … Continue reading

Categories: Courtauld Critics | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off


Uproar! The First 50 Years of the London Group: 1913-63 (Ben Uri Gallery)

Monday, 13 January, 2014 by Percy Darukhanawala

To venture to the Ben Uri Gallery in NW8 is to arrive at, quite literally, a shop front – which once penetrated, courtesy of a common entry-bell, opens out into a wealth of treasures, some of which would not be … Continue reading

Categories: Courtauld Critics | Tags: , , | Comments Off


Walter Crane and the Arts and Crafts Watercolour (Richard McDougall Lecture, 10th December 2013)

Thursday, 12 December, 2013 by James Alexander Cameron

I had been rather looking forward to the annual Richard McDougall lecture on British watercolours, as during my time at studying for a BA at Manchester in 2008, there was a particularly rewarding exhibition running at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Walter … Continue reading

Categories: Research Rhythms | Tags: , , | Comments Off


Elizabeth I and her People (National Portrait Gallery)

Sunday, 27 October, 2013 by Harry Laughland

Elizabeth I has been somewhat overshadowed by her namesake in recent years, but the curatorial team at the National Portrait Gallery, led by Tarnya Cooper, have sought to reestablish her as the mighty monarch she once was, as well as … Continue reading

Categories: Courtauld Critics | Tags: , , , | Comments Off


British Drawings: 1600 to the Present Day (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Wednesday, 23 October, 2013 by Thomas Mouna

A brief look through the Courtauld Institute’s course options paints a bleak picture for the study of British art. Italy and France dominate and I dare say an exhibition presenting graphic works from one of these more celebrated artistic nations … Continue reading

Categories: Courtauld Critics | Tags: , , | Comments Off