Monthly Archives: March 2022

Embroidery at the end of a sleeve and Rachel Ruysch, mistress of Dutch Golden Age floral still lifes

I do very little embroidery for myself but after I finished the children’s Christmas T shirts, I suddenly had the fancy of doing a bit of decoration on the much neglected sleeve bottoms of a few new T shirts. Not a lot of space to get carried away over, I thought, but then, like Topsy […]

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Art and War

Before the beginning of the Second World War, Kenneth Clark, director of the National Gallery in London, had the foresight to despatch the gallery’s permanent collection of paintings to storage in North Wales. In fact, the first batch of 50 paintings¬† arrived in Bangor on the 30th September 1938, the same day that Neville Chamberlain […]

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