Marianne North, a very intrepid painter, by Michelle Payne

Book review: Marianne North, A very intrepid painter

I love Marianne North’s paintings of plants and landscapes. Last week, my sister gave me a copy of Marianne North, a very intrepid painter, by Michelle Payne. Despite the forest of unread books in my house, I immediately put this one at the top of the list. Marianne North was an unusual woman for her time Continue reading


Statue of Lord Byron by Richard Belt

Richard Belt, the jailbird sculptor

Richard Belt was Society’s darling, sculptor to the stars in the 1870s and ’80s, but then it all came crashing down. Richard Belt’s big break In the spring of 1877, a young sculptor named Richard Belt beat 38 others in a competition to create a monument to Lord Byron. Among the losers was Auguste Rodin, not Continue reading


Blue Plaque: Sir Frank Short, 1857-1945, Engraver and Painter lived here

Sir Frank Short, Engraver: Blue Plaque at 56 Brook Green, Hammersmith

Francis Job Short was known as Frank Short the civil engineer, then Frank Short the artist and teacher of engraving, and from 1911, Sir Frank Short. The knighthood and the blue plaque honour his devotion to the art of engraving and of course his considerable skill and achievements there. The plaque is at 56 Brook Continue reading