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Artistic Preference

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I prefer the Puritan merchants of Protestant art, the businessmen of bourse, wool house and guild, to madonnas, or scenery with milkmaids, can’t enjoy populated countryside, want fields and beaches empty, though like a crowd […]

What could you read next?

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Stuck for something to read this month? These are the books that I have read, loved and can recommend to you. Little Deaths by Emma Flint  Little Deaths is brilliant, everything a reader wants from a […]

Enter the Goat

Adriaen van de Velde, Landscape with cattle and figures, 1664, Oil on canvas, 125.7 x 167 cm, © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

It wasn’t there when a plain hut in pale wash featured a ghost dog and a leafless tree. But when the sheepfold with its wheel inside appeared, tree sprouting leaves at last, with cows and […]

Small Figure in a Dutch Landscape

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I have been here before or somewhere like this:  A dark cart waiting behind me, a spire,  Trees with trembling leaves  And an enormous sky, tenderly pale  Egg-shell blue, with drifts of white clouds.  So […]

Adriaen Van Der Velde visits Dulwich Picture Gallery

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They’ve given me a marvellous catalogue. Rich, detailed, glossy like my hunting scenes. The English were always keen on hunting, and men there carry guns and fishing rods. Reading with amused interest the ‘provenance’, the […]

Golden Age – (Adriaen van de Velde – Stable)

Adriaen van de Velde, The Hut, 1671, Oil on canvas, 76 x 65 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Cows communicate by staring, judge the way you return their gaze, know the touch of a gentle hand, the warmth upon their backs. Humbled before this docile beast despite the aspect of approaching rain the […]

Christmas Books Selection

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Books make the perfect gift for everyone. Here are a few selections to give you ideas for that perfect gift. Fiction Ideas  Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – a truly wonderful novel. With humour and heartbreak […]

Where the Grass is Greener

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See him on the hill,  returning from as far  as my eye can see  maybe beyond?  See him on the hill  always on the move  beneath a sky shared  by us who never roam?  See […]

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