What is a Gormley and what are Gormleys for? Etymology 1. There are many people who would readily answer to the name of GORMLEY 2. Only one of these is the sculptor ANTONY GORMLEY 3. Superficial Etymological Delvings: The GORM of Gormley is also in GORMless (dull-witted; Sheffieldish and elsewhere) and GORMenghast (Peake). Gormleys 1.Gormleys … Continue reading Gormley Quiz Time!
Fancy a bit of visionary excess? Try the William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain. You will never have seen so many Blakes gathered together. What a bitter and angry man he was though! So much hack work as a printer and engraver to earn a living! Pencil, courtesy William Blake The oddest thing about the … Continue reading Blake Pencil anyone?
Once again the great city of SHEFFIELD is to be thanked for an extraordinary revelation. Had it not been for a fine-ground steel probe – hand-manufactured by Tossers & Co. at their grim, grey works in Savile Street, Brightside – gradually being let down into the hessian sack containing the body of John Ruskin (1819-1900) … Continue reading Ruskin’s Rictus Grin
Just outside the door of the National Gallery's original shop, where enthusiasts looking for ways to remind themselves of Van Gogh's Sunflowers when seated in their dining rooms in Catford or Greenwich or Maidenhead can buy cushions, place mats and coasters imprinted with the image of the painting itself, which lives quietly here in Room … Continue reading Bullshit alert at the National Gallery!