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

Borough Polytechnic

Dennis Creffield, The Lovers, 1970.

In the 1980s polytechnics went out of fashion and were re-branded as universities. In 1892 Borough Polytechnic was opened by Lord Rosebery to provide practical instruction to people in the area. One of the speakers at the ceremony rather patronisingly hoped that “the Polytechnic would do its share towards perfecting many a valuable gem found in the slums of London”. Continue reading Borough Polytechnic