Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne

A tiny windswept island off the coast of Northumberland was once one of the greatest centres of art, learning and religion in Christendom. Lindisfarne was the home of saints and the victim of Vikings; it was the cradle of the greatest Anglo-Saxon art, and the destination for thousands of pilgrims down the centuries. Lindisfarne is [...]

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

I love a good castle. Castles are stoic survivors of hundreds of years of history; they have often survived pillage, siege and political upheaval to remain standing today. Northumberland, the most northerly county in England, is home to some of the most dramatic castles in the British Isles. My favourite is Bamburgh – despite being [...]

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle

In rural Warwickshire, Kenilworth castle stands as a beautiful monument to a 900-year story of power, war and royal magnificence. There is something melancholic about its gargantuan walls, gaping windows and towering arches, which evoke its past glory as a place of flamboyant display and momentous political machinations. The castle has its origins in the [...]

Quiet Intensity

Quiet Intensity

Gwen John (1876–1939) has long been overshadowed by the larger-than-life personality of her brother, fellow painter Augustus John. But in recent years, she has ousted him from the limelight, fulfilling his prediction that 'in fifty years' time, I will be known as the brother of Gwen John'. Her portraits of unknown women sitting in quiet, unassuming interiors [...]