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The Portraits of Leon Underwood by Simon Martin

Posted: 18 March 2015

Leon Underwood © Estate of Leon Underwood and the Redfern Gallery, London

It is over forty-five years on since the last major museum retrospective of the work of Leon Underwood in 1969. Although Underwood (1890-1975) has been described as ‘the precursor of modern sculpture in Britain’ he is an overlooked figure in the history of Modern Art. Between the 1920s and 1950s he created an innovative body of figurative sculptures that were[...]

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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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