‘Charles I: King and Collector’ at the Royal Academy, London.

Some highlights of the show. It’s more than forty years since the last major exhibition of works of art associated with Charles I and his circle. In 1972, ‘The Age of Charles I’ at Tate Britain (-then just the Tate Gallery-) provided an inspiring overview of ‘Painting in England, 1620-1649’, at a time when interest …

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A 17th Century Guide to Rome.

In October 2017, I visited Rome for the first time, and took with me Gerbier's 'Subsidium Peregrinantibus', published in 1665 as a handbook for young men undertaking the Grand Tour of the European Mainland. As well as containing a great deal of information on orders of Knighthood and courtly protocol, the book is also something …

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