Peter Parker’s books include ‘A Little Book of Latin for Gardeners’ and 'Housman Country: Into the Heart of England' (both Little Brown)

Untitled #22 (1976), from the series 'Christopher Street', Sunil Gupta.

From rural India to Greenwich Village – life through the lens of Sunil Gupta

The photographer’s first UK retrospective explores his abiding interest in the experience of outsiders in society

21 Oct 2020
(1936), Barnett Freedman for London Transport.

‘Britain’s most visible artist’ – Barnett Freedman at Pallant House, reviewed

Freedman’s engaging designs were once impossible to avoid – and his lesser-known war paintings are a revelation

1 Sep 2020
Arthur Jeffress photographed in the 1920s.

Galleries and gondoliers – the life and times of Arthur Jeffress

The dealer and collector is usually a footnote in other people’s stories. A new biography makes him the main event

17 Jun 2020
Wrap-around dust jacket designed by John Minton for Elizabeth David’s A Book of Mediterranean Food (1950)

Lads and lobsters – John Minton’s food illustrations

The artist’s designs for Elizabeth David’s cookery books evoke a happy world of fine living and dining

13 Apr 2020
Photo of F.E. McWilliam’s studio in 1939

Show business – the artists who realised a house could be more than just a home

Artists who had studios and homes specially built for them often wanted to create spaces that would boost their careers

23 Mar 2020
Chansonette (1928), Erna Schmidt-Caroll.

Club scenes – the art of the cabaret at the Barbican

In cities across the world, the cultural avant-garde has often hunkered down – and expressed itself – in nightclubs and bars

1 Nov 2019
Sir Hans Sloane, Bt, 1736, Stephen Slaughter. National Portrait Gallery, London

The private collector who made the British Museum

A new biography of physician-collector Hans Sloane portrays a flawed yet fascinating man

11 Dec 2017
Letters from Bombay (2012-14), Howard Hodgkin. © Howard Hodgkin, Courtesy the artist and Gagosian

How India inspired Howard Hodgkin

‘Painting India’ at the Hepworth Wakefield includes many of the artist’s most engaging and joyful paintings

2 Sep 2017

Paul Nash’s commitment to the English landscape

The artist’s feeling for place is a constant throughout his work – in both peacetime and war

13 Jan 2017

Art and life in the work of Bhupen Khakhar

A welcome exhibition of the Indian artist’s work reveals how he found inspiration in even the smallest of details

18 Jul 2016