19th century


The Victoria and Albert Museum. The great Kensington Kunstkammer

The museum and the Great Exhibition from which it derives are the subject of five new books


The lives of the collectors: J. Pierpont Morgan. Everything but the art

This blockbuster biography records the life of the American financier in exhaustive and exhausting detail, but fails to tell the story of his collecting

“Private dreams and unknowable pleasures” in early photography

Clementina, Lady Hawarden, a forgotten precursor of Julia Margaret Cameron, is the subject of this book and of the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition


Lives of collectors: a faux Frick biography

This biography of Henry Clay Frick takes a psychological approach that leaves much to be desired

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A river runs through it: Hanging around in New York, a monthly guide by Brook S. Mason.

Impressionist painters on the Seine at Wildenstein, the Gilded Age glows at Vance Jordan, exoticism at Mark Murray plus fine furniture and Picasso’s lino cuts

A campaign is underway to raise funds for the conservation of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s metalwork masterpiece, the Hereford Screen

Since its removal from Hereford Cathedral over three decades ago, it has languished in store, slowly deteriorating.


Timothy Mowl's William Beckford biography casts the famed collector as "a sexual and architectural Lucifer"

The story of the Regency dilettante, eccentric and collector is told in all its scandalous detail


Janet Myles, L.N. Cottingham, 1787-1874: architect of the Gothic Revival

Restoring a pioneer of the Gothic Revival to his rightful position

Biggest Art Nouveau show ever at the V&A

Exhibition promises to be “the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Art Nouveau ever staged”

Interior architecture: a domestic model for intellectuals

Designers Carl and Karin Larsson were creators of Swedish style, at present much featured in the glossies

A trio of nineteenth-century paintings shows in England

The Tate Gallery proposes the origins in British art of Symbolism, the Royal Academy investigates fairies, while Manchester presents women Pre-Raphaelites


Speaking prose all their lives: The relationship between art Victorian social mores explored

A book on the social and monetary value of art and how big businessmen became big collectors


Book review: Dutch decorative arts

Titus M. Eliëns, Marjan Groot and Frans Leidelmeijer, Dutch Decorative Arts, 1880-1940


Books: Pugin’s Gothic genius

Two books accompanying recent museum shows

V&A embarks on big loan show to Baltimore on the history of the museum itself

It will be the first time that an institution has allowed the story of its acquisitions to be subjected to such intense inquiry

William Morris any way you like at the V&A

A major survey that leaves interpretation of his achievements to the visitor

Victoria and Albert loses out on William Morris collection

Berger collection to go to Huntington after two-year silence from the London museum


Collection of interior design scholar Mario Praz reinstated to Palazzo Primoli apartment

Praz bequeathed the entirety of his collection to the Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna, in the hope that his home would become a satellite of the museum

Pugin, founder of modernism, in a riot of polychromy at the V&A

A major survey of the high priest of the Gothic Revival


Useful dealers' survey responds to market interest in 19th-century ceramics

Outside the canon, but now bought by US Arab and Japanese collectors

Classical taste in America, Washington's official style

Neo-classicism as expressed in painting sculpture and the decorative arts in a touring exhibition

Morozov's music room reconstructed in the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Exhibition of Russia's two most famous fin-de-siècle collectors now on in Moscow

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English Victorian painting index

Middle-of-the-range works have maintained their appeal, even as to the kind of collector who bought them when they were painted

Schinkel: the architect who changed the face of Berlin

German reunification has made possible the first major exhibition,at the Victoria and Albert Museum, of all aspects of Schinkel’s work

The collector who ushered the Impressionists into the Louvre

A collection of works donated to the nation by Etienne Moreau-Nélaton on display at the Grand Palais