The Swagger of John Singer Sargent

‘The Great Gatsby Man’ To the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London this week to see the watercolours of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), the American artist who spent much of his life travelling in Europe and the Middle East, that is….when he wasn’t painting portraits of wealthy Americans.  It’s fair to say that his oil portraits…

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

A brilliant production at the Harold Pinter theatre in London starring Andrew Scott.  Beg, borrow or steal a ticket! “Andrew Scott’s Hamlet is at pains to remind us that at the theatre we spy on ourselves”,  was the verdict by the Guardian’s Kate Kellaway. *********** Hamlet is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play and one that’s been…

Today is Bloomsday – A Celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

Dublin today on 16th June celebrates one of its finest products, James Joyce, the author of Ulysses (first published in Paris in 1922) and for those of you who have read this great tome, you may recall that’s the day on which the story is set.  Leopold Bloom is the protagonist hence the title “Bloomsday”….

London’s Chelsea Flower Show

The Greatest Flower Show in the World For about the last ten years I have been an annual visitor to the Chelsea Flower Show in London – this feast for the soul from which I and countless others derive the greatest joy not just from the dazzling display of perfect flowers and plants but from…

For a joyful hour or two, go see David Hockney at Tate Britain

The David Hockney exhibition opens this week at Tate Britain in London and it’s a glorious feast for the eyes, a sensorial overload not to be missed. “…. you would have to be very determined not to yield to joy and the memory of love, and youth and sheer pleasure in life”.  Philip Hensher “Inspiration…

Lost Caravaggio found in Dublin

Currently on display at the National Gallery Trafalgar Square The Taking of Christ Several years ago a recently bereaved widow gave what was believed to be a copy of The Taking of Christ painted by Caravaggio in 1602 to the Jesuit priests on Dublin’s Leeson Street by way of thanks for the support they have given…