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Brief Lives: Biographies from Early Modernity

George Berkeley, 8th Baron of Berkeley

George Lord Berkeley was a literary patron, nobleman, occasional sitting peer and fond traveller. Tutored by Dr Philemon Holland, dedicatory of Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, heavily in debt through his adult life, and a minor peer through the turbulent 1640s.

John Morgan, as part of his Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme, discusses his life, career, and place within the patronage networks of the early seventeenth century.

Tue 15 May 2012, 12:51 | Tags: 17th Century, Britain

Augustus Wall Callcott and Maria, Lady Callcott

“[Callcott] painted everything tolerably, and nothing excellently; he has given us no gift, struck for us no light, and though he has produced one or two valuable works…they will, I believe, in future have no place among those considered representative of the English School."

Carly Collier reacts to Ruskin’s withering assessment of the nineteenth-century landscape painter Augustus Wall Callcott, discussing he and his wife (Lady Maria) as a formidable partnership, counting leading artists, intellectuals and politicians amongst their friends and, c.1828-1842, presiding over arguably the most important artistic salon of the era.

Tue 15 May 2012, 11:55 | Tags: 19th Century, Britain

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