Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Popped in to the New Walk Gallery in Leicester last Friday, mainly to see the new Arts & Crafts gallery. Then I bumped into the above, on the landing at the top of the stairs. It's by William Bass, a local Hinckley artist, and dates from 1839. It strikes me, therefore, it's a bit early for an English history painting. It's also unusual in that it's a professional artist, exhibited at the Royal Academy, painting local history. For non-Leicestershire visitors, the Borough is currently called Hinckley and Bosworth. The entire work is therefore unusual, so much so that it struck me as horrible at first glance, but I quickly warmed to it, the more I stood and looked, and it has stayed with me now for five days. There is so much to try and figure out - like, who is the bloke with the un-medieval 'tash on the silver horse?
As for the Arts & Crafts gallery which attracted me in the first place, it's really about the Leicester-born Arts & Crafts designer Ernest Gimson (1864-1919). It's a small exhibition but the pieces have been nicely chosen. I especially liked the full-length corner cupboard.
The City Council has set up a cool website, well worth a visit.