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The Art of Deception – Camouflage in Leamington Spa, by Alice Swatton

Posted: 16 April 2015

Colin Moss, Morning After The Blitz, pencil and watercolour on paper, 1940 ©Colin Moss (Courtesy of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum)

When I saw the Audiences, Authority and Collaboration in Museum Research seminar (12 – 13 March 2015) advertised through the Subject Specialist Network: European Paintings Pre-1900 network it was extremely timely. I am currently undertaking a significant research project into the Civil Defence Camouflage Unit, based in Leamington Spa during WWII. This research has been funded by the Paul Mellon[...]

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An audience with Dr William Hunter by Sarah Backhouse

Posted: 30 March 2015

Dr William Hunter lecturing by Johan Zoffany, c.1770-1772. Royal College of Physicians, London

In 1825, ‘Mrs Baillie’ bequeathed a remarkable conversation piece by Johan Zoffany to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). This painting represents the Scottish-born anatomist, surgeon and midwife Dr William Hunter giving an anatomy lecture to a group of individuals. Mrs Baillie was the wife of Dr Matthew Baillie, Hunter’s nephew and heir. While living in London, Hunter built up[...]

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