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April 2013, No. 1321 – Vol 155

Art in Britain

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Editorial

Surveying London

The offices of The Burlington Magazine occupy two adjoining corner houses, the façade facing Duke’s Road, the side windows looking onto Woburn Walk, just south of Euston Road. They are part of an unusually elegant L-shaped speculative development of three-storey terraced houses with integral shops, created on the edge of the Duke of Bedford’s Bloomsbury estate by the pioneering builder–speculator Thomas Cubitt in 1822–25. They have miraculously survived much local redevelopment as well as bombing in the Second World War which prompted the investigation by the Survey of London of the surviving fabric of the area.

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Mughal India. London

As one would expect of the British Library, London, the exhibition Mughal India: Art Culture and Empire (to 2nd April) is very bookish and rich in documents, although there are also plenty of wonderful pictures. It covers the whole period of Mughal rule, starting with a document: a manuscript grant of land by Babur, the energetic founder of the Empire, dated 1527. It ends in 1858, with a photograph of the tragic last Mughal Emperor, Bhahadur Shah II, on his sickbed, awaiting trial for assisting the ‘Mutiny’, just before being exiled by the British to Burma.

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Empire to Nation. Art History and the Visualization of Maritime Britain 1768–1829

  • Peter Mathias Van Gelder’s monument to Mary, 3rd Duchess of Montagu, in St Edmund’s, Warkton, Northamptonshire

    By Phillip Lindley

    New documentation on the monument (1777–82) to Mary, 3rd Duchess of Montagu, by Peter Mathias Van Gelder, and his work on Roubiliac’s Montagu monuments, all in St Edmund’s Church, Warkton, Northamptonshire.

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  • Baroque in England

    By Nicholas D. Nace

    The early use of the word ‘Baroque’ in England.

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  • Gainsborough’s ‘Blue boy’

    By Susan Sloman

    More on Gainsborough’s Blue Boy (1769–70; Huntington Library Art Collections, San Marino CA), who is here identified as Gainsborough Dupont.

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  • The evolution of Gainsborough’s portrait of Elizabeth Sheridan

    By Carol Christiansen,Eleanora Luciano

    New information on Thomas Gainsborough’s Elizabeth Sheridan, Mrs Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1785–87; National Gallery of Art, Washington), following recent X-radiograph examination.

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  • Benjamin West, Raphael West and the floating batteries

    By Allen Staley

    The large battle painting Destruction of the floating batteries before Gibraltar (c.1783; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario), formally given to Benjamin West, is here reattributed to his son, Raphael West.

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  • New information on Lawrence’s ‘Portrait of Joseph Henry’

    By Leslie M. Scattone

    An earlier portrait is revealed through X-radiography beneath that of Joseph Henry by Sir Thomas Lawrence (c.1805; Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston).

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  • John Constable’s house in Brighton

    By Peter Harrap,Shan Lancaster

    New information on the house in Brighton rented by John Constable.

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  • Walter Sickert: recent discoveries

    By Wendy Baron

    Three new additions to the catalogue raisonné on Walter Sickert.

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  • Shakespeare: Staging the World

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  • Shakespeare’s Restless World

    By Elizabeth Goldring
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  • ‘Temple Beauties’: The Entrance-Portico in the Architecture of Great Britain 1630–1850

    By Vaughan Hart
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  • Earlier British Paintings in the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House

    By Hugh Belsey
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  • Landscape, innovation and nostalgia. The Manton Collection of British art

    By Timothy Wilcox
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  • Empire to Nation. Art History and the Visualization of Maritime Britain 1768–1829

    By Leo Costello
  • Uvedale Price (1747–1829): Decoding the Picturesque

    By Richard Green
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  • The Collected Letters of Jane Morris

    By Christiana Payne
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  • Wives and Stunners. The Pre-Raphaelites and their Muses

    By Christiana Payne
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  • City of Gold and Mud: Painting Victor­ian London

    By Tim Barringer
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  • Adrian Heath

    By Toby Treves
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  • Stirling and Gowan: Architecture from Austerity to Affluence

    By Colin Amery
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  • The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum

    By Alex Kidd
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  • Keith Vaughan

    By Toby Treves
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  • Keith Vaughan. The Mature Oils 1946–1977. A commentary and catalogue raisonné

    By Toby Treves
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  • Mughal India. London

    By Robert Erskine
  • Manet: Portraying Life. Toledo and London

    By Peter Cooke
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  • Man Ray portraits. London, Edinburgh and Moscow

    By Marina Vaizey
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  • Kurt Schwitters in Britain. London and Hannover

    By Roger Cardinal
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  • Gerard Byrne. London

    By Christopher Griffin
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  • Medals. Lille, Bordeaux, Lyon and Paris

    By Melanie Vandenbrouck
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  • The Sola Busca tarocchi. Milan

    By Neville Rowley
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  • Tiepolo. Passariano

    By William L. Barcham
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  • Tiepolo and Veronese. Udine

    By Xavier F. Salomon
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  • Inventing Abstraction. New York

    By Michael White
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  • Velázquez’s early court portraits. Dallas

    By John Marciari
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  • Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980. Los Angeles, New York and Williamstown

    By Catherine Craft
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