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Who has the right to catalogue? by Wendy Hitchmough

Posted: 08 April 2015

Cargo of Middle Passage by Rotimi Fani-Kayode, 1989. Courtesy Autograph ABP

The two day seminar, Audiences, Authority and Collaboration in Museum Research, began at Tate on a Thursday lunchtime and I went directly from a workshop at the Tower of London on ‘Inclusivity’ that morning. It was great to find the very issues that we had been addressing at Historic Royal Palaces taking centre stage in presentations by Mark Sealy and[...]

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A Distracting Discovery by Demelza Williams

Posted: 11 March 2015

Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest, Marchioness of Londonderry (1800-1865) and her son George Henry Robert Charles William Vane-Tempest, Viscount Seaham, later 5th Marquess of Londonderry (1821-1884) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (1769–1830), 1828. Mount Stewart, co Down, Northern Ireland © National Trust / Bryan Rutledge

In February 2014, Sir Thomas Lawrence’s double portrait of Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry and her son, Lord Seaham, was temporarily allocated through Acceptance In Lieu to Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland, by Arts Council England (left). It arrived along with a significant loan of other items from the Estate of the Marquess of Londonderry which included nine other paintings[...]

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