Collingwood Ingram (1880 – 1981) was an ornithologist and plant collector whose obsession with Japanese cherries earned him the epithet ‘Cherry’. He travelled as a young man in Japan and was introduced to the ideas and displays of cherry blossom (sakura), but when he travelled there again in 1920s, by then a world authority on cherries, he was struck by profound changes in the planting of prunus – variety had been sacrificed for one cloned tree that had become ubiquitous for political reasons. On that trip Ingram saw an illustration of a tree that had become extinct in Japan, a magnificent cherry called the ‘Great White’, which he realised he had seen in poor condition in a Sussex garden. He perpetuated this glorious tree by cuttings and reintroduced it to Japan as well as perpetuating it in the UK.
Ingram’s life is remarkable, and Naoko’s telling of it a revelation.
RB embraced Trieste in our Cuckoo Press piece of 2013. Here is the fully-fledged version, with RB as hornist in the Ljubljana opera house, then as Times Foreign Correspondent in Vienna and Warsaw. A memoir of both ease and grit in the last decade of the Cold War, full of irony, subtlety and humour
Author, illustrator, librettist, puppet-maker, master of pseudonyms, owner of 20,000 books and 6 cats: there is so much to say about the Awdrey-Gore legacy that all we shall announce is that this is a very fine biography. And that Ogdred Weary had a suspiciously normal and fantod-free childhood.
The author’s first novel ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’ was an astonishing triumph, for all its strangeness. This follow-up is strange too, but marvellously, brilliantly so: it tells the story of an odd boy growing up in an English village. Shades of ‘Under Milk Wood’ and ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’.
Gorgeous, desirable anthropomorphic figures from the Oxus, Indus, Anatolia, Iberia, Cyclades etc. Each one is beautifully pictured, with a scholarly description. Most of the artefacts belong to private collections.
Ravishing, mysterious paintings by the Norwegian painter (1869-1935). Catalogue of the show in Oslo that is transferring to Dulwich Picture Gallery. A master of half-lights, after-glows and the domestic.
In October 1990 three wonderful old birds – Coote Heber Percy, Billa Harrod and Freda Berkeley – set off in a car with with indifferent springs for the Peloponnese, to soothe their widowhood by seeking out the warm south and, in particular, their old friends Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor in their beautiful house at Kardamyli.
This charming account is another of Tony Scotland’s beautifully self-published books to follow ‘Bazouker: The Untold Scandals of Captain Lennox Berkeley, 7th Earl of Berkeley’, ‘Gradual: A Rennaissance Chant Book’ and ‘Fleche: Brief Encounter with Stravinsky”.
Evita Arapoglou, Ian Collins, Michael Llewellyn-Smith & Ioanna Moraiti
The catalogue to accompany an exhibition first held in Cyprus at the A G Leventis Gallery in 2017 which then moved to the Benaki Museum in Athens. The exhibition is on at the British Museum from March – July 2018.
The charmed lives were those led by Nikos Ghika, John Craxton and Patrick Leigh Fermor in Crete, Corfu, Hydra, Athens and the Peloponnese. Their paths first crossed in Greece in the mid 1940s and their friendship was to last five decades. There is a profusion of material – letters, notebooks, diaries and copious photographs as well as many paintings and designs by Ghika and Craxton. Joan Leigh Fermor and Barbara Ghika are ever-present, of course; other figures in the labyrinthine network of their friendships and acquaintances include Rex Warner, Stephen Spender, Steven Runciman, Niko Kazantzakis, Ann Fleming, Jock Murray, Peter Watson, Lucian Freud, George Pyschoundakis, Konstantinos Mitsotakis – a roll-call of lasting fascination.
In the early 1930s Kenneth and Jane Clark dined with the art dealer and collector Joseph Duveen, where they ate from a fabulous blue and gold Sevres dinner service made for Catherine the Great; so taken were they with the splendour that they commissioned a dinner service from Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The result – that, incidentally, Kenneth Clark did not much like – was their ‘Famous Women’ dinner service. The set of 48 dinner plates from the service are adorned with portraits of actresses, writers, queens and notorious beauties from all parts of the world and from all eras, from Helen of Troy, Sappho and Lady Shikibu to Greta Garbo, Ellen Terry and Virginia Woolf.
This catalogue shows each of these plates, as well as other works by DG and VB. It also includes a brief memoir by Richard Shone about Duncan Grant and of Charleston, which he first visited in 1965 as a schoolboy, his friendship with DG struck up over two days spent sitting for a portrait. There are contributions by many others, including Frances Spalding and Hana Leaper.
This is the catalogue of the show-stopping exhibition now on at the Royal Academy in Piccadilly. Charles I was an ardent collector, who travelled incognito to Spain as a young man and bought the extraordinary Gonzaga collection of art instead of paying court to a proposed wife… He continued collecting, building up one of the finest art collections in Europe, with a lot of exquisite Northern Renaissance paintings including many wondrous Holbeins, as well as outstanding Italian works by Titian and his ilk. Van Dyck, as court painter, produced canvas after canvas of the royal family. After the king’s execution his goods were seized and sold off by the Commonwealth, to consortiums of buyers hoping to make a quick buck, and to private individuals. Many of these works of art made their way overseas once again. His son Charles II, on his restoration to the throne, began a process of buying back what he could of his late father’s collection. As much as possible of Charles I’s original collection has been reassembled from the Royal Collection and from from museums on the continent for this extraordinary exhibition, and the catalogue is breath-taking.
This is the first catalogue raisonné of Lanyon’s oil paintings and three-dimensional works – all 613 of them. A substantial and beautifully produced volume by the publisher behind the marvellous William Nicholson catalogue of a few years ago (the latter in collaboration with Yale.)
“…Uneasy, loveable man, give me your painting
Hand to steady me on the word-road home.
Lanyon, why is it that you’re earlier away?…”
From W S Graham’s ‘The Thermal Stair’, his elegy to his friend, killed in a gliding accident.
Subtitled ‘An Anthology of Memoirs by Colleagues, Dealers and Collectors‘, this is a book of memories of one of the most influential characters in the late C20th art world, by some of those who knew him best.
The list of contributors is outstanding: Katherine MacLean, Diana Scarisbrick, Viscount Davidson, Marcus Linell, Peregrine Pollen, Agatha Sadler, Clifford Henderson, Richard Day, Howard Ricketts, Jayne Wrightsman, John Partridge, Richard Green, Cyril Humhris, Ulla Dreyfus, Elizabeth Chatwin, Adrian Eeles, Alex Wengraf, Derek Johns, James Kirkman, Julian Stock, David Ellis-Jones, David Nash, Diana Berry, Duncan McLaren, Geraldine Norman, Hugh Hildesley, Colin Mackay, James Mayor, Marc Blondeau, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen, Judith Landrigan, Ward Landrigan, Julian Agnew, Michel Strauss, Nicolas Norton, Philip Astley-Jones, Stephen Somerville, Thilo von Watzdorf, Tim Llewellyn, Walter Feilchenfeldt Jnr, Andrew Alers-Hankey, Annamaria Edelstein, Edmund Peel, Lord Rothschild, James Miller, Jonathan Mennell, Countess of Rosebery, Malcolm Barber, Martin Levy, Nabil Saidi, Richard M Keresey, Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Frank Herrmann.
An exquisite collection of red herrings caught in a very loosely knotted net by a well known escapologist. They are prompted by reflections on the life and afterlives of Henri Beyle, aka Stendhal inter alia – from the delicate and humorous pen of JR, aka Jenny Walker or even, last but not least, Charles Boyle. Funny, subtle, modest, enchanting are words that come to mind… Open this anywhere and you will find treasure.