Tag Archives: Work of the week

Minton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Clock garniture 1871

Among the outstanding ceramic artists lured to the Minton factory during the second half of the nineteenth century was Marc-Louis-Emmanuel Solon, a former principal designer and decorator at the Sèvres factory in France. He perfected the decorating technique of pâte-sur-pâte …  More

Miss Geddes Sheet music, fancy dress 1906

This charming fancy-dress costume was acquired from a private collector. The following information was recorded at the time: ‘This dress was worn to a fancy-dress ball at Mena House, Cairo, in 1907 by a Miss Geddes. The dress is accompanied by …  More

GREECE / ITALY Torso of an athlete 1st century BC-1st century AD

This marble torso is an outstandingly well-preserved representation of an athletic male body in its prime. It is thought to be a Roman copy of an original by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos. The general style is of the fifth century …  More

William Nicholson The black pansy 1910

William Nicholson was always torn between the need to paint society portraits to maintain his family and his love for humbler still lifes and landscape painting. Nicholson’s admiration of Édouard Manet and Edwardian interiors is evident in this still life …  More

Rover Thomas Dreamtime story of the willy willy 1989

This painting shows the ancestral path of miowin, a willy-willy or spiralling dust storm, indicated by the red-ochre glyph unleashed on the matte, white surface of the land and rising into the sky. The storm began as a murmur, in …  More

Louise Bourgeois Cell (Glass spheres and hands) (1990-1993)

Identity, self-scrutiny, memory and the tensions inherent in human relationships are the core themes of Louise Bourgeois’s art. Although Bourgeois has often referred to her works as a means of liquidating the memory of traumatic episodes, her diaristic art is …  More

Gustave Caillebotte, The plain of Gennevilliers, yellow fields (La Plaine de Gennevilliers, champ jaunes) 1884

This painting belongs to a group of six radically simplified landscapes that Gustave Caillebotte created in 1884. These six canvases all depict the Gennevilliers plain adjacent to the artist’s property at Petit Gennevilliers. Situated on the banks of the Seine, …  More