Picturing Power

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it is perhaps a compliment that Kevin Sharpe chose for his front cover the same image I used on the hardback of my Restoration: Charles II and His Kingdoms, 1660–1685 (2005): the coronation portrait of Charles II by John Michael Wright from circa 1661–2. It is a […]

Sale of the Century

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Francis Haskell (1928–2000) was one of the most highly regarded art historians of the second half of the 20th century. A student of Pevsner, he was professor of art history at Oxford from 1967 until his retirement in 1995, during which time he pioneered an approach to art through social history that led him to […]

Peer Review

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

In an essay of 1990 entitled ‘The Baronial Context of the English Civil War’, John Adamson raised a banner of rebellion against some of the citadels of modern British historiography. For more than a hundred years, the Civil War had been painted as a battle for constitutional government against royal absolutism, a fight by the […]

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