The Story Behind a Nickname: Hugh William ‘Grecian’ Williams

Hugh William Williams (1773-1829) was a Scottish painter known for his depictions of landscapes.  He began his artistic career training under David Allan and Alexander Nasmyth.  He later befriended J. M. W. Turner, who was an important influence as well as an admirer of Williams' work He received the nickname 'Grecian Williams' after his extensive … Continue reading The Story Behind a Nickname: Hugh William ‘Grecian’ Williams

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Exhibition Spotlight: The Crimonmogate Mahogany Console Tables

Today's Great Provenances exhibition spotlight hails from Scotland.  This fine pair of early 19th century George IV period neo-classical mahogany side tables was designed by Archibald Simpson and made for Crimonmogate House, Aberdeenshire.  Each table stands on tapered fluted front legs with finely carved quatrefoil detailing and block feet.  The rear legs are of similar form … Continue reading Exhibition Spotlight: The Crimonmogate Mahogany Console Tables

Nature at its Best: The Wildlife Art of Archibald Thorburn

Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) was one of the most celebrated painters of birdlife of all time.  Scottish by birth, Thorbun was the fifth son of the miniaturist Robert Thorburn ARA.  Thorburn was artistic from a young age and likely developed his skill at capturing minute details from his father.  He began painting birds, animals, and flowers, … Continue reading Nature at its Best: The Wildlife Art of Archibald Thorburn

A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth

Today's subject is the esteemed Scottish artist Patrick Nasmyth.  Nasmyth was born in January 1786 to a family of painters.  His father, Alexander Nasmyth, specialised in landscape paintings.  Nasmyth was one of eleven children, several of whom also became painters.  Nasmyth had two strokes of bad luck in his early years.  While preparing to go … Continue reading A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth

Designer Spotlight: Katharine Pooley

Our next designer spotlight is one of London's own: Katharine Pooley.  The award winning designer runs an impressive design studio in Knightsbridge.  Having lived all over the world (Vietnam, Singapore, and Bahrain to name a few), Katharine's style is sophisticated, elegant, and reflects her worldly background. Today we are highlighting her stunning renovation and design … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Katharine Pooley