Bridie was sent to England by a family friend, the pop musician Alanna Currie who had made the same journey of discovery herself in 1977. Bridie's first job was in the tiny branch of the parfumier Penhaligon in Brook Street - 'I never got...
December 27th, 2020
Charleston Farmhouse needs you.
The French call the little, personal and inconsequential anecdotes that are most revealing of life, les petites histoires. Charleston Farmhouse is full of them, signposts and memoranda of the lives of the illustrious, clever Bloomsbury Group who pain...
August 12th, 2020
On drawing, painting pictures and designing a new wallpaper, by Marthe Armitage
"I am an aged artist still working - just. My tubes of paint had been left un opened and ignored following a year of unhealth and it seemed to me that the muse had departed .
June 24th, 2020
On delighting in cracked, chipped, 'Rescued' things and coming back to her old family house in Scotland, by Domenica More Gordon
It is an odd thing to find yourself living back in your childhood house at the age of 40 with your parents and your own young family and husband. Sometimes as I walk through the house and garden I slip from mother to daughter and from adult t...
June 7th, 2020
Friends, not Chickens, by Jasper Conran
Waking up this morning I realised that our house, the things in it and I have much in common. We are mostly chipped, frayed at the edges, quite old and sometimes, especially in my case, desperately in need of restoration.
May 10th, 2020
Gavin Houghton, On Wallpaper, The World of Interiors, Painted Floors, Jack Russells - and Darren.
I found my house in Stockwell 20 years ago. It’s an early Victoria terraced house second from the end, with steps up to the apple green front door and a ground floor bay window on metal stilts.
May 3rd, 2020
the bobt: a trip to the archives
To mark April's Renaissance, the bibleofbritishtaste presents new stories and themes. Some are being commissioned from generous and talented friends. But these are not them. Today's story is an amuse gueule from its archives of thousands of pictu...
April 8th, 2020
I am a painter and I paint every day: Romi Behrens at Prussia Cove
Romi Behrens, b.1939, who lived at Prussia Cove in West Cornwall, belonged to no school of art and received no formal painting tuition
December 17th, 2019
Peter Hone, Master-Plaster-Caster.
I've called on Peter Hone in his Notting Hill studio flat a few times recently
I was working in the zoo serving the fellows, Sir Solly Zuckerman and the man who was the Naked Ape man, what’s his name? Luncheon, and f...
January 6th, 2019
Alan Powers on Enid Marx (& the bobt on 'lost' 30s artist Suzanne Cooper).
'I was aware there were a number of houses up for sale all at once around here. I was standing on the other side of the street one morning and someone in the doorway came over and said, do you want to look around? So I did. Part of my imagining...
June 3rd, 2018
Back to the Drawing Board: Pat Albeck.
In the autumn of 2016 I visited the artist and renowned textile designer Pat Albeck in the Oxfordshire gate lodge where she has lived for about four years. She came there with her husband the acclaimed stage and costume designer Peter Rice (w...
February 5th, 2017
Domenica More Gordon, an artist's house in Scotland.
Years ago, when our children were young, our generous friend Mary took us all for summer holidays at her family house, on one of the outermost islands in the Outer Hebrides. There in the rain, with white sands and beach lunches cooked for 22 people, ...
October 30th, 2016
Stone and shell in Somerset-shire: Belinda Eade.
Flanking the chimney in Malplaquet House - the home of Tim Knox and Todd Longstaffe Gowan - are shell candle sconces in the Baroque taste made by Belinda Eade almost 20 years ago.
As a pupil at Marlborough School Belinda had helped to restor...
December 31st, 2015
In Somersetshire, kiln from John Piper, ceramics by Prue Piper.
March 22nd, 2015
Glynn Boyd Harte, painter, author, post-Pop young-fogey-bohemian and genius,1948-2003.
February 28th, 2015
Ian Archie Beck, Elton John and les Frères Perverts.
Here is the dacha in which they hang, where Ian works each day,
October 26th, 2014
Romilly Saumarez Smith, a maker and her house in East London.
From a temporary gallery arranged in the downstairs rooms of her house in Stepney, Romilly Saumarez Smith has just sold her latest jewellery collection. 'That collection is done now, we'll make up the orders but then we'll go on to the next one, an...
December 28th, 2013
Mr. Dodd at home, 2 : Country.
Local children nicknamed this seventeenth century folly 'Mustard-pot Hall.' It stands on the edge of a field in south-eastern England. ALAN DODD has lived here since the 1980s. I was a guest here one weekend about a decade later and I was smitten, an...
October 3rd, 2013
Joe Hemming, artist, stone carver, part-time shed-dweller.
Joe Hemming carves incised and relief images and lettering in stone, slate and wood, and plays the violin in a string swing band.
He was brought up in Constantine near Falmouth, and has been carving now for about twenty five years. He ca...
September 8th, 2013
Sue and David Gentleman.
The artist David Gentleman and his wife Sue have lived in the same north London house, in the hinterland between Camden Market and Regent's Park, since 1971. I have never seen it untidy, it is always serene, but there is a visual intelligence and h...
January 21st, 2013
Breon O'Casey, painter, sculptor, (d.2011).
Breon O’Casey, who died last year, never courted or followed fashion, but rather turned his back on it. Throughout the 60s and early 70s he was part of the complicated jigsaw puzzle picture that was the St Ives school, but then he cut himself off, ...
November 26th, 2012
Sir Jonathan Miller, artworks.
Jonathan Miller has shown his formalist, Modernist sculptures at Flowers East, the Boundary Gallery and Danny Katz's Gallery in the West End of London.
October 14th, 2012
Rose Hilton's studio in Newlyn, West Penwith.
Rose Hilton paints every day in her studio in Newlyn. Her retrospective show was at Tate St. Ives in 2008. One of a large family brought up in the Plymouth Brethren, she was a prize winning student at the RCA when the artist Sandra Blow introduced ...
September 17th, 2012
No Life without Trees : Ann Stokes, potter.
Ann Stokes (b.1922) began making these trees about half a dozen years ago, ceramic trunks which grow upwards, section by section, and branches with a bosky canopy, each leaf of which she cuts out by hand.
Squirrels and birds cling to the...
September 17th, 2012
Alice Pattullo, artist and designer.
Alice is an artist and printmaker whose work is firmly vested in the very best traditions of twentieth century design and illustration. She knows about and sees the point of Barbara Jones, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and their circle and pays homag...
September 17th, 2012
Roy Conn, b.1931, artist presently living in St. Ives.
Roy Conn's early training was in structural engineering but by his mid twenties he was painting instead. In the 1950s he showed with the London Group (along with Victor Pasmore, Kenneth and Mary Martin and others) and exhibited in several of the John...
September 17th, 2012
Mr. Dodd at home, 1 : London.
ALAN DODD was born in Kent in 1942. He attended Ashford Grammar School, Maidstone College of Art (where David Hockney was one of his teachers) and then the Painting School at the Royal Academy. By the 1970s he was painting murals : five large archi...