Every Object Tells a Story

Lavery, John; State Visit of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria to the Glasgow International Exhibition, 1888.

I have been to two artist’s studios this week. Sir John Lavery lived at 5 Cromwell Place from 1899 – 1940. To remind, he was born in Belfast and died in Co Kilkenny in 1941, aged eighty-four. In between he was painting in London. Continue reading Every Object Tells a Story

Battle of the Medway

Attack on the Medway, June 1667 by Pieter Cornelisz van Soest, painted c. 1667. The captured ship Royal Charles is right of centre

At the MP Evans AGM last week a Dutch friend reminded me of an anniversary. The Battle of the Medway took place 350 years ago this week. The Dutch navy broke through a protective barrier (the Gillingham Line, as impregnable as the Maginot Line) and attacked naval ships anchored off Chatham. Continue reading Battle of the Medway