Formal Gardens in the 17th Century: Ideas from Italy

Prior to the seventeenth century, the prodigy houses of the Elizabethan age were those sites privy to landscaping on the scale that we can later expect from Britain's grand country house gardens. This period of the Renaissance ushered in strands of Italianate influence, greatly received by a proportion of courtiers and gentry. Properties such as … Continue reading Formal Gardens in the 17th Century: Ideas from Italy

She Noted: Tabletop Talks – The Victorian Country House

When delivering a talk, my preparation varies depending on the topic. In this instance, I had made a last minute decision to switch the theme from the Elizabethan Prodigy House to the Victorian Country House as I'd been struggling to condense so sprawling a topic as the prodigy house and cult of sovereignty. It's always … Continue reading She Noted: Tabletop Talks – The Victorian Country House

Dadaism & Surrealism: Use of Objects

Objects figure prominently in Dada and Surrealism, starting with Marcel Duchamp’s (1887-1968) introduction of the assisted ‘Ready-Made’[1] and branching out into the ‘Surrealist Object’ which 34 took its cue from Duchamp’s conception and initial use of the ‘Found Object’. Attached to Dada as a disruptive art of ‘noise’[2], props and masks were used, incorporating objects … Continue reading Dadaism & Surrealism: Use of Objects

Thoughts On The Women Who Inspired London Art by Lucy Merello Peterson for fellow historians and readers

The early-mid century London art scene has always been of particular interest to me, given my love affair with the Bloomsbury Group and their circle as they fox-trotted across the literary, artistic, philosophical and intellectual worlds of the new millennia. The Omega Set, in particular and their liberal play with the decorative arts was especially … Continue reading Thoughts On The Women Who Inspired London Art by Lucy Merello Peterson for fellow historians and readers