The July 2011 issue of the ABC Bulletin is out, with a fresh batch of background stories about the National Trust’s houses, gardens, and collections.
- The books as well as the Brueghel: acquiring Nostell Priory’s contents
- The beetle-wing costume of a Victorian queen of the stage
- William Morris’s legacy celebrated
- Scotney Castle’s shabby chic
- A revolution in the crafts
- Recreating Lawrence of Arabia’s reading chair
- Theresa Nguyen: silversmith in residence at Kedleston
- An ornamental adventurer at Knole
- Subversion in eighteenth-century France
- Recent acquisitions
My article about the ‘ornamental adventurer’ at Knole – the Chinese page who was portrayed by Reynolds in 1776 – was the fruit of discussions on this blog with keen readers Hongbo Du and Andrew Loan. We also found some hitherto undiscovered sources through Google Books, all illustrating how the internet is becoming a really useful tool for ‘traditional’ art history.