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Attitudes to female sexuality in the 19th century were rigid and unflinching and those who failed to conform were ostracised and persecuted. Victoria Leslie compares how fallen women were portrayed in the arts with the real stories of those who ‘fell’. 

Michael Jacobs is widely considered one of the most distinguished travel writers of his generation. In particular he wrote perceptively and...

Faced with a man in overalls flecked with white, saying 'I am a painter', we know we are talking to a painter and decorator. Faced with a book...

An engrossing exhibition on the origins and development of drawing from ancient sculptures. 

Graham E. Seel explores the life of the artist Charles Sims and his controversial, little-known mural in St Stephen’s Hall, Westminster depicting King John at Runnymede. 

An exhibition at the British Museum explores depictions of the human body in Greek sculpture. 

The artist died on June 1st, 1815.

The painter Claude Monet spent his early twenties as a soldier in French North Africa, yet none of his works or writings from this period survive. Jeffrey Meyers pieces together a portrait of the artist as a young man.

Goya lived from 1746 to 1828; Douglas Hilt describes how the artist's vigorous work ranges in subject from Court-paintings to the misfortunes of Unreason and War.

In British theatrical history, writes Joanna Richardson, the famous Kemble line has an almost unequalled record of achievement.