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William Blake at Tate – Spectator

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Ivon Hitchens at Pallant House – Spectator 


Lucian Freud – The Times


Cut & Paste and Bridget Riley – Sunday Times


Edinburgh Festival – Sunday Times 


Natalia Goncharova at Tate Modern – Country Life

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James’s Peachy Pictures at the Roald Dahl Museum – The Spectator

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The Joy of Jousting: Emperor Maximilian’s Tournament Book – The Spectator 

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Review: Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps A Life of John Buchan – The Times 


Louis-Leopold Boilly at the National Gallery – Country Life

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Woolwich Arsenal Transformed – Sunday Times Culture 


Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor – Sunday Times Culture 


Renaissance Nude at the Royal Academy – Country Life

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At the Royal Ballet School – Spectator Schools

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Van Gogh in Britain – The Times


Henry Moore’s Helmet Heads at the Wallace Collection – World of Interiors

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Review: Walter Gropius Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus – The Times


Review: Nicholas Hilliard – The Times 


Essay: Hungry Novels – TLS 


Review: Christian Dior at V&A – Telegraph



Is there a great Brexit novel? – Sunday Times Culture 

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Review: Ann Wroe Francis: A Life in Song  – The Economist 

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Mantegna vs. Bellini – Spectator 

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Edward Burne-Jones – Standpoint

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Edouard Vuillard – World of Interiors


A brief history of unicorns – Spectator 

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Sebastian Faulks interview – Sunday Times Culture 

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Lee Miller at Hepworth Wakefield – Spectator 

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Edward Bawden at Dulwich – Sunday Times Culture 

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Delacroix at the Louvre – Country Life 

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – Sunday Times

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Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives – Spectator 

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Mary Cassatt and Camille Corot in Paris – Spectator 

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Westminster Abbey’s New Weston Tower – Sunday Times Culture 

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Rodin at the British Museum – Spectator 

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Review: Amy Sackville Painter to the King – Spectator 

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Monet & Architecture at the National Gallery – Sunday Times Culture 

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Monet in London – Spectator 

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Noli Me Tangere paintings – Spectator 

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Picasso at Tate Modern – Sunday Times Culture 

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Review: Agnes Poirier Left Bank – The Times 


A love letter to Kettle’s Yard – Sunday Times Culture 

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All Too Human at Tate – Sunday Times Magazine

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The new Hayward Gallery – Sunday Times Culture 

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Modigliani at Tate Modern – Sunday Times Culture 

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Bloomberg HQ – Sunday Times Culture 

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The Mithraeum – Sunday Times Culture

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Erté revival – The Spectator 

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Review: Caroline Fraser Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder 

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Impressionists in London – Spectator 

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Soutine at the Courtauld – Spectator 

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Review: Margaret Forster Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl – The Times 

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Dali and Duchamp at the Royal Academy – Sunday Times Culture

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Art and architecture in Tokyo – Spectator 

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Review: Andrew Michael Hurley Devil’s Day – The Times 

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Review: William Boyd Dreams of Bethany Melmoth 

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Review: Viv Groskop The Anna Karenina Fix – The Times 

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Edgar Degas: Voyeur – Spectator 

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Review: Claire Tomalin A Life of My Own – The Times 

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Interview: Sir Roy Strong – Sunday Times

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The joy of trunks and tuck boxes – The Spectator 

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Review: Emily Fridlund History of Wolves – The Times


Review: Alex Preston As Kingfishers Catch Fire – The Times 

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Review: Phyllis Richardson House of Fiction – The Times

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Wyndham Lewis – Spectator 

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A Taste of Saucy Old Soho – Spectator 

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Review: Amanda Craig The Lie of the Land – Spectator 


Making Waves: Hokusai at the British Museum – Spectator 

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Bump-to-bump: the joy of visitation scenes – The Spectator 


Review: Colm Tóibín House of Names – The Times


Review: Bella Bathurst Sound, Vanessa Potter Patient H69 – The Times

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Review: Idaho, Darke, Behold The Dreamers, The End of Eddy – Spectator 

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Review: Lisa McInerney – The Blood Miracles

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Review: America After the Fall at Royal Academy – Apollo

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Review: David Jones – Standpoint

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Review: Domenico Starnone Ties – The Times 

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Can Elena Ferrante work on the stage? – Spectator 


Review: Queen Bees – The TLS 


Review: Paolozzi at Whitechapel – Spectator


Rodin at 100 – Spectator 

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David Hockney at Tate – The Spectator 

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Review: Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow – The Times 

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Claudia Roden Cooks With Love – TLS Blog 

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Review: Neil Gaiman Norse Mythology – The Times 


The magic and mischief of Arthur Rackham – The Spectator 

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Review: Gerard Reve The Evenings – The Spectator 

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The only new year’s resolution work keeping? A diary – Telegraph 


Review: Cecil Beaton and Horst – TLS 


Review: Bernhard Schlink The Reader – The Times 

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Three Cheers for Stucco – Spectator 

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Review: D J Taylor’s Snobs – Mail on Sunday


Review: Anna Pavord Landskipping – Mail on Sunday


Flaming June returns to London – Daily Mail 


Review: Browse: The World in Bookshops – Mail on Sunday


The chilliest book I’ve ever read – Spectator 


Save History of Art! – Spectator blogs 


Rabbit Redux – The TLS 


Review: Flaneuse, The Essex Serpent, The Lesser Bohemians – Standpoint 

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Notes On… The V&A – Spectator 

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The joy of art rooms – Spectator Schools

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Celebrating C F A Voysey – Daily Mail


Review: Evelyn Waugh and A E Housman – Standpoint

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Mischief in the margins – Spectator 

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Notes on… Ice Cream – Spectator

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Review: Franny Moyle – JMW Turner – Mail on Sunday


In our fondness for Stanley Spencer’s Roses, we have cut off his thorns – Spectator

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Review: Jessie Burton The Muse – Spectator 


An ode to Hugh ‘History of Art’ Honour – Spectator 

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Review: Rowan Moore Slow Burn City – TLS

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Review: John Piper at Pallant House – Spectator 

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J L Carr – Standpoint 

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Review: Ann Rowe Facets of Light – Mail on SundayFacets of Light

Skewered by Osbert Lancaster – Standpoint 

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Notes on… The London Library – Spectator 

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Vogue at the National Portrait Gallery – TLS


Botticelli at the V&A – Spectator 

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Review: D J Taylor The Prose Factory – Standpoint

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The twee, treacly and tearful Pre-Raphaelites – Spectator 

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Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse – Daily Mail

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Buy your books in bookshops – Spectator Blogs 

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Review: Fallen Glory – Mail on Sunday


Nikolai Astrup – Standpoint 

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Notes on… Christmas Lists – The Spectator 


Review: Peter Lanyon at Courtauld Gallery – TLS TIM-017-1GL-04dec_1934664862 (1)-page-001

Boys’s Own books – Standpoint

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Once-upon-a-time history lessons – Spectator Culture House

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Review: A Notable Woman – Mail on Sunday

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The ‘Starchitects’ redrawing the London Skyline – Evening Standard ES Magazine 

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Notes on… The Hague – Spectator


I love autumn – Spectator 

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Review: Chelsea vs. Montmartre – Standpoint 

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Brian Sewell obituary – Daily Mail 


Why Toxteth should win the Turner Prize – Standpoint 

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Review: Alexandra Harris’s Weatherland – Daily Mail  


Penelope Mortimer Reborn – The TLS Blog

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Have we reached peak-Monet? – Daily Mail 


Cool spots in hot London – Standpoint 

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Review: London War Notes by Mollie Panter-Downes – TLS

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Sixty years of Ian Nairn – Daily Mail


Review: Civilising the Yahoos – Standpoint 

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Always ask famous friends to sign their books – especially if they are Kingsley Amis – TLS Blog 

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Picasso’s £115million bordello – Daily Mail 


Why even a royal mistress can’t resist a Ravilious mug – Sunday Telegraph 

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The quiet sketcher: Eric Ravilious’ greenhouses – Standpoint

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‘There are no ugly women, only lazy ones’ – The TLS 

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Literature taught me how to eat – Daily Telegraph 

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An online treasure trove – Standpoint

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Beyond Emil and the Detectives – Standpoint 

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Review: ‘Even the fridge was pink.’ A new biography of Craigie Aitchison – The TLS 


Why were Rubens’ ladies so deliciously plump? Blame the pancakes – Daily Mail 



Review: A London Pub Crawl with Ian Nairn – Standpoint 

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London’s Last Lamplighters – The Week 

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A descent into the Crossrail tunnels – Standpoint 

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Painting on porridge packets – The TLS 

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Turner vs. Constable Battle of the Blockbusters – Daily Mail 


Last of the Scandal Sisters, obituary of Deborah Devonshire – Daily Mail 


Pelican flies again – Standpoint 

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Potato Prints and Elderflower Champagne with Peggy Angus – Spectator 

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Abram Games, the Blonde Bombshell and the Stockwell Swan – Standpoint

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Eric Ravilious Master of Mizzle – Standpoint 

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A Dickens Marathon: How I (almost) read all of Dickens in a year – Slightly Foxed

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Shopping the World with Lisa Sainsbury – Standpoint

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Kenneth Clark King of Civilisation – Daily Mail 


Did Matisse seduce a nun? – Daily Mail 


Trellick and the Tower Block dream – Standpoint

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When Quentin Bell Wore Lurid Green Socks – Spectator 

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Nightwalking with Dickens – Standpoint / syndicated in Daily Mail 

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Review: Romping around the Great Wen – Standpoint

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Review: Peter Ackroyd Three Brothers – Standpoint 


Bookish Brummies – Standpoint 

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The Tommies’ Epic – David Jones’ In Parenthesis – Standpoint 

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They were the future, once – the heyday of the Young Conservatives – Standpoint 

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