Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Friday, 17 December 2021

Restoring Tijou’s work at Hampton Court

The Art Newspaper recently had an article about the restoration of the ironwork screens created by the Huguenot exile Jean Tijou at the end of the seventeenth century for the newly laid out gardens at Hampton Court Palace. As the writer points out little is known with any certainty about Tijo, but his skill and artistry is unquestioned.

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