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Cuttings from the “I”, “The Guardian” and the “Evening Standard”‘ June 17th & 19th 2017

I’ve never liked tower blocks. I had a friend who lived on the 13th floor of what used to be called a “hard to let” block in east London. She loved the view from her balcony, and …

Source: Authors for Grenfell Tower – jessicanorrie


FROM THE ARCHIVE: 25th September 2015

‘Once you decide that it is the art that is important and not how popular and well-received you are, you no longer have an albatross.’ Stephen Stills, musician and instrumentalist. (Remember Crosby…

Source: First Night Design | Diomedea #Art | First Night Design


Based on her biographical information and many paintings of carefree beach scenes and small children, Impressionist Martha Walter appears to have been an artist with a charmed life who stuck to saf…

Source: What one painter saw on a visit to Ellis Island | Ephemeral New York

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Sarah


I have to be careful when it comes to chilli, alas, but this recipe from Deliciously Ella looks and sounds mouth-watering.

These chilli and chive chickpea pancakes are my go-to quick lunch or supper at the moment. They take about five minutes to make, need just five ingredients and taste amazing! They’re the simplest, most fantastic…

Source: Chilli and Chive Chickpea Pancakes | Deliciously Ella

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Sarah

 


If you’re interested in music, namely Woodstock, my cousin Barney’s book is the one to buy. But then I’m biased!

Faber’s UK paperback edition of my Woodstock history Small Town Talk is published today, June 1st. If The Guardian is to be believed, the book is both “fascinating” and “ent…

Source: Out today in paperback: Small Town Talk – barneyhoskyns.com

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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE: 9th March 2014 – I thought it was high time to be amused by this elephant again!

It doesn’t matter how often I watch this little video clip, it makes me laugh and empathise! The baby elephant shows the determination we all, or should, have. Pick yourself up, dust yourself…

Source: First Night Design | Baby Elephant Learns to Walk & Astaire Learns to Dance

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Sarah

 


I bought The Essex Serpent a few weeks ago and made a start but was easily distracted by another book which I was itching to read. I’ll go back to it but it’s interesting to learn that author Sue Purkiss found that the book didn’t quite capture her imagination.

The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry, is a very good book. But somehow, it didn’t quite seize my imagination. It’s probably just me; maybe I haven’t read it at the right time – because there’s no doubt that it’s absolutely beautifully written, and it’s won some seriously impressive prizes. Perhaps it’s a book you should read in the winter, in an isolated house, by a cosy fire, with…

Source: A fool on a hill…: The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry

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Sarah



The London townhouse where the poet created some of his most influential work has been preserved in tribute.

Source: William Blake’s Home – London, England – Atlas Obscura


Abram Games in his studio © Estate of Abram Games

The 1951 Festival of Britain inspired a new generation of creative design. Here are 5 of the leading designers who worked on the festival…

Source: 5 Designers of the Festival of Britain | Heritage Calling

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Sarah


Agnès Varda, Autoportrait devant une peinture de Gentile Bellini, 1962/2015. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

Though known as the “grandmother of the French New Wave,” for decades 88-year-old Agnès Varda felt she wasn’t allowed to be an artist. Looking back, the filmmaker realizes it was something she had always desired: she had studied art history at the École du Louvre and photography at the École des Beaux-Arts, was friends with artists, and had been following the work of many others since the age of 18. But in France, especially, she was pigeonholed. “They put me in the drawer as a…

Source: Grandmother of French Cinema Agnès Varda on Becoming an Artist at 88


Functional objects, vessels for light and fragrance, tables, clocks and other household accessories for the rich and powerful, gilt bronze status symbols that are also neoclassical sculptures of th…

Source: Gilded Dramas « Pippa Rathborne’s LAST POST

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Sarah


This article by Dr Helen Szamuely was first published in London Historians Members’ Newsletter of April 2015.

The cavalier way in which TfL seems to have treated the Paolozzi mosaics in Totte…

Source: London’s Russian Artist: Boris Anrep | London Historians’ Blog

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The canvas “Ships in a Rough Sea” by the Dutch artist Simon de Vlieger (1601-1653) has been returned to the National Museum in Warsaw.

Source: Poland recovers artwork looted in World War II – Radio Poland :: News from Poland

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St Helen, Bishopsgate by Charles Flower, c.1904

Charles Flower’s Old London Churches were published as postcards in 1904. HistoryLondon revisits the images as they appear today.

Source: Charles Flower’s Old London Churches – HistoryLondonHistoryLondon


The exterior of the Musée Camille Claudel. Photo by Marco Illuminati, courtesy the museum.

A museum dedicated to Camille Claudel has opened, giving recognition to the artist who worked in the “Golden Age of French sculpture.”

Source: Museum Dedicated to Camille Claudel Opens in France | artnet News

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