Wednesday, 10 October 2012

All that glitters might be silver .. and other pieces I have written recently

I have been busy guest-blogging elsewhere and some of the posts had a colour theme, so I will shamelessly link them to my own blog:

Here is a piece I wrote a while ago for a museum journal that is sadly no longer produced in print, but I thought it deserved to see the light of day somewhere, so it went on the official Royal Pavilion and Museums blog. It focuses on early reactions to and descriptions of the Royal Pavilion in small handbooks, of the type a reasonably well-off visitor to Brighton would have bought on a visit in the 1820s. The interior of the Pavilion was deemed important enough to include engraved plates (some of them coloured) showing some of the rooms in the handbooks:

 “It enchants the senses, and excites…” 

19th Century Reactions to the Interior of the Royal Pavilion

Coloured plate in a handbook of Brighton from 1825

The next one, also on the Royal Pavilion blog, is about Princess Charlotte's silver wedding dress from 1816 (currently on display at the Royal Pavilion) and her father's fondness for silvered surfaces in the decorative scheme of the Royal Pavilion:

All that glitters might be silver… the Royal Pavilion

Silver wall decorations in the Banqueting of the Royal Pavilion
Charlotte's wedding dress from 1816

From here I jump forward by a whole century: A brief cameo of the artist couple Dod and Ernest Procter, inspired by my most recent curatorial project, a small exhibition about the life and work of the composer Frederick Delius, which was on display at the Royal Albert Hall during the Proms 2012. One of the key objects was a rarely seen portrait of Delius by Ernest Procter, which is a larger version of the one on permanent display in the National Portrait Gallery.

From Delius to Dod Procter

Frederick Delius by Ernest Procter, 1929, on display at the Royal Albert Hall
Dod Procter, Early Morning, 1927
 © Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
And lastly, a first mention of a lecture I will give on Tuesday 20 November at the University of Sussex, about editing the anthology Languages of Colour: