Will Edward Bawden’s lost masterpiece ever be found?

The hunt is on for an epic mural depicting ‘Country Life in Britain’ – but chances are it’s a wild goose chase

21 Apr 2023
Design for Colmans Mustard ad (1890s), Alfred Munnings. © the Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings

How Alfred Munnings got his commercial break

From mustard adverts to Art Nouveau-inspired posters, a show of early works by the horse painter and vehement anti-modernist is full of surprises

26 Sep 2022
Allies (1995), Lawrence Holofcener.

Why are so many public statues so disappointing?

The most successful public statues are more than mere three-dimensional versions of photographs plonked on plinths

5 Apr 2022
Chapel of St John the Baptist, Matlock Dale, Derbyshire, designed by Guy Dawber and constructed in 1897

Pulpit masters – the best of Arts and Crafts churches

Two welcome volumes survey how the movement made its mark on religious buildings across the UK

26 Nov 2020
The Skeleton in Armor (detail; 1883), Walter Crane. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen

A Viking-inspired frieze by Walter Crane finds a new home in Rouen

The Musée des Beaux-Arts in the capital of Normandy, where the Vikings once ruled, is the perfect place for this painting of a wandering warrior

11 Feb 2020
Interior with Mrs Mounter (1916–17), Harold Gilman.

Harold Gilman cuts a dash

In praise of the Camden Town painter’s bold brushwork and daring draughtsmanship

12 Dec 2018
Gold and agate brooch (1865), made by the Phillips Brothers.

The hidden gems of the Fitzwilliam Museum

The museum is showing off its collection of jewels and metalwork, from neo-gothic to art nouveau

21 Sep 2018
Washing Day (detail; 1899), Edward Stott. Watts Gallery Trust

Twilight on the South Downs with Edward Stott

The Sussex landscape was an enduring source of inspiration for Stott, which makes Eastbourne an ideal site for a major survey of his work

12 Jun 2018
Edward Bawden (1903–89) photographed in 1989.

Epistolary exchanges with Edward Bawden

Peyton Skipwith remembers two decades of friendship and correspondence with the British artist

8 Apr 2018
The Titanic in dry dock

A first-class voyage through the golden age of ocean liners

Luxury, glamour and romance abound in the V&A’s celebration of the heyday of sea travel

27 Mar 2018
The Day’s End (1927), Ernest Proctor.

‘There was always good and bad figurative art’

The figurative artists of the 1920s and ’30s should not be considered secondary to their abstract contemporaries – as numerous recent exhibitions have shown

19 Dec 2016

C.F.A. Voysey’s designs reveal his ‘puritanical love of simplicity’

Voysey’s designs were as pioneering as his architecture

13 Aug 2016