Let’s Sing Praises to Song Dynasty Genius Artist Ma YuanApril 18, 2018
There’s more to the paintings of Ma Yuan than meets the eye. Ma Yuan, (1160-1225) was a Southern Song Dynasty, Chinese painter from an illustrious family of academy artists. He lived during a cultural zenith when Chinese achievements...
The American Artist Who Loved Everything British: Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare PaintingsApril 14, 2018
Painter and illustrator Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911) was born in America, but he spent most of his career in England. He loved all things British, particularly the works of William Shakespeare. Abbey first visited England in 1878 to...
And it’s War! The Art Of The War WoundedFebruary 27, 2018
Being an English teacher, so much of what I look at is linked to the literary world. With the previous examination specification, we used to be able to do a series of war poems for examination that the students...
When Literature Meets Painting …February 26, 2018
Have you ever been so in love with a scene from a book that it made you think (sometimes loudly): “Well that would make a perfect painting!”? If you have ever experienced this feeling, you shared an experience...
Charles Keeping: An Extraordinary English IllustratorFebruary 20, 2018
Today I would like to talk about Charles Keeping, an illustrator whom I discovered in my childhood. You may already be familiar with his work, perhaps from your own childhoods and especially if you were ever a fan...
Two artists, four works: The Shakespeare’s characters on Millais’ artworksFebruary 8, 2018
“To be or not to be, that’s the question”. With that simple sentence, you certainly remembered one of the greatest geniuses in universal literature, did you not? William Shakespeare, author of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet is one...
Rackham’s Christmas Carol IllustrationsDecember 20, 2017
I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it...
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