Tagged with Royal Academy

Life and Death of Sir Thomas Lawrence

Life and Death of Sir Thomas Lawrence

Bristol has produced a lot of famous people, most of whom are ignored by present inhabitants. One of the most criminal cases of neglect is that of Lawrence, who is one of my favourite artists, and the first to become a superstar artist and antiquarian. This is from Latimer’s Annals: Sir Thomas Lawrence, President of … Continue reading

A Chinese Artist at the Royal Academy, 1771

Once in a while I find mentions of exotic visitors to Britain who were honoured. I have no idea what this Mr … did, but he seems to have impressed the RA. This is from March 1771, The Leeds Intelligencer Yesterday Mr Chitqua, the celebrated Chinese Artist, embarked at Gravesend, on board the Grenvile East Indiaman, … Continue reading

Victoria’s Favourite – Edward Hodges Baily

Victoria’s Favourite – Edward Hodges Baily

E.H Baily or Bailey (1788-1867) Was the most prolific and versatile carver in Victorian Britain. Largely forgotten in his birthplace of Britain, his work is still a symbol of the country – he carved Nelson that stands on top of the column in Trafalgar Square: He was the son of a ships carver in Bristol, … Continue reading