Waltzing Matilda: Science, Art & Exploration in the late Georgian period

I recently gave a talk at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton investigating the relationship between science, art, and exploration during George IV's lifetime. The talk was inspired by one of the globes on display in the King's Apartments, which included a depiction of Australia - with most detail concentrated on its coastline. Read on below … Continue reading Waltzing Matilda: Science, Art & Exploration in the late Georgian period

Of Palaces and Princes: The Royal Collection in Brighton

In September 2019, over 120 items returned to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, on loan from the Royal Collection. These items are part of the exhibition, 'A Prince's Treasure: From Buckingham Palace to the Royal Pavilion'. For many of these items it is the first time they have been seen in their original setting since … Continue reading Of Palaces and Princes: The Royal Collection in Brighton

Everything you can imagine is real: Pablo Picasso’s visit to Sussex

On 3 September I gave a short talk about Pablo Picasso at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Here, I discussed the artist's visit to Farley Farm House at Muddles Green, nr Chiddingly in East Sussex, the home of the artist and critic Roland Penrose and the photojournalist Lee Miller. I also explored a selection of … Continue reading Everything you can imagine is real: Pablo Picasso’s visit to Sussex

Very seductive and a little dangerous: Celebrating Queen Victoria’s 200th Birthday

Queen Victoria described how she 'would venture to warn against too great an intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous'. But she was a monarch that relied on the art and visual culture of the nineteenth century. Utilising painting, prints, and the new technology of photography, she got intimate with artists, … Continue reading Very seductive and a little dangerous: Celebrating Queen Victoria’s 200th Birthday