Hugh Belsey


Not a step wrong: on Pompeo Batoni

A revised catalogue of the artist's work brings his achievements into view


A uniquely British phenomenon: how museums sprang up in the UK

From the 1860s, a network of museums were founded nationwide


Romney triumphant

The artist now seems more original than Reynolds or Gainsborough


A forgotten artist returns: George Morland’s work is at last acknowledged

Morland was an exceptional landscape painter and a great observer of social mores

Books: Is Hogarth the greatest British artist of all time?

Three publications illuminate the subject of Tate Britain’s major exhibition

Gainsborough's House director Hugh Belsey on competing with Tate: Goliath wins

Should Gainsborough’s House have given way to the Tate over a painting in the current Tate exhibition?