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Mascarons

Walking along Queen Anne’s Gate the mascarons reminded me of Bordeaux. They have monster faces and in ancient times they would have been placed over doors and windows to scare away evil spirits.  In Bordeaux virtually every building in the city centre has them, only Paris has more. They became fashionable in France during...

Stanley Spencer, Cookham

Cookham, Berkshire was the birthplace of the twice married artist, Stanley Spencer. He loved it there and many of his paintings feature the small town. An exhibition about his wives, Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece opened recently at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham and I was really keen to see it as he...

Do you wear a face mask?

I am very serious about wearing a face mask on public transport, in shops and all designated places but it’s good to keep your sense of humour. This life-size statue caught my eye the other day. It is called Taxi and its by John Seward Johnson (1930-2020) whose grandfather co-founded the Johnson & Johnson...

Prison rags to art riches

The Tate Britain art gallery has reopened and entrance is free but you have to book tickets on line. On Sunday I visited the gallery for the first time since March and it was great to be there again.  Outside the front entrance is this sculpture by Henry C Fehr. I like its sinuous,...