Monthly Archives: November 2013

Intrigue and Scandal abound at The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh

A new exhibition of work by one of the wittiest and most popular caricaturists of Georgian Britain opens at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse today (Friday, 22 November). High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson (some of his … Continue reading

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Picture This XXI

Split chests are cropping up with great regularity! George I split walnut chest, circa 1720. (Christie’s) The construction of this chest appears to contradict the reasoning and method of splitting flat panel chests that I described in Picture This XIX, however, … Continue reading

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Picture This XX

A few early auction catalogues produced by ‘Mr. Christie, At his Great Room in Pall Mall’. Fig. 1. Catalogue dated 7th of March, 1772. (Lewis Walpole Library) Fig. 2. Catalogue dated 18th of April, 1772. (Lewis Walpole Library) Fig. 3. … Continue reading

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A Dovetailing Confession

A recent visitor was examining some dovetails I had made in the back of a small mahogany drawer and (knowing I don’t possess a great variety of saws) asked which saw I had employed to make the dovetails. I replied … Continue reading

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