My research on the connections between musicians and artists in late nineteenth-century London has led me towards a number of bohemian families. Often, I’m finding, the daughters of well-known artists became musicians – or vice versa. These women played a vital role in connecting the communities they were part of, and many were also extremely… Continue reading The Mysterious Priscilla W: Pre-Raphaelite Model & Musician
In my last post I introduced Jan Paderewski, the Polish pianist, Prime Minister and all-round polymath. He’s one of the key figures in my project Musical Portraits in Bohemian London, which explores connections between artists and musicians during the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods. Łazienki Park, Warsaw (which I completely fell in love with!) Edward Burne-Jones, Portrait… Continue reading Paderewski’s Autograph Book
It’s been a long time since I updated my blog, so I thought it was about time I got back on it – especially as I’ve (finally!) started some exciting new projects. The first of these is entitled Musical Portraits in Bohemian London: 1870 – 1930. I was lucky enough to be awarded an Understanding British… Continue reading Introducing Paderewski
I am lucky enough to be a regular user of archives at the British Library, the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery. However, some of my greatest discoveries have occurred not at these esteemed institutions, but on eBay. Yes – eBay; the popular auction site that is a tantalising graveyard of junk and stuff. My… Continue reading eBay: The Forgotten Archive?
I’m not a fan of music documentaries, but BBC’s Queens of Heartache caught my attention as its subjects are five of my very favourite artists; Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Maria Callas and Janis Joplin. What really piqued my curiosity, however, was what a random grouping of women this is. Wildly different genres, different… Continue reading BBC’s Queens of Heartache: A Response
This year the 5th of November marks not only Guy Fawkes Night, but the one hundredth birthday of my favourite actor – Vivien Leigh. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With The Wind, 1939 I find that research is often a serendipitous experience. On so many occasions I have been researching someone or something, when another… Continue reading Vivien Leigh & John Braham’s Lost Theatre