Category Archives: London

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

Phantoms of Surrealism

Sheila Legge, the faceless face of British Surrealism

Phantoms of Surrealism

Sheila Legge, the faceless face of British Surrealism

The Picture of John Gray

A tale of social mobility written across a map of London

The Picture of John Gray

A tale of social mobility written across a map of London

Pages: Sheila

“The Australian ingenue who bewitched British society”

Pages: Sheila

“The Australian ingenue who bewitched British society”

Simeon Solomon | drawings

Small-scale works by the great Pre-Raphaelite artist

Simeon Solomon | drawings

Small-scale works by the great Pre-Raphaelite artist

Omega Workshops | designs

Roger Fry’s design team reimagined the everyday objects around us.

Omega Workshops | designs

Roger Fry’s design team reimagined the everyday objects around us.

Dress-down Friday: Lulu

The hidden Victorian origins of cross-dressing trapeze artistry…

Dress-down Friday: Lulu

The hidden Victorian origins of cross-dressing trapeze artistry…

Unknown | The Dandy’s Perambulations

The dandies presented in this charmingly illustrated, uncredited children’s book are bumbling, anxious and coddled.

Unknown | The Dandy’s Perambulations

The dandies presented in this charmingly illustrated, uncredited children’s book are bumbling, anxious and coddled.

Mr X

BBC Radio 4 offer a documentary about Fitzrovian fixture Julian Maclaren-Ross.

Mr X

BBC Radio 4 offer a documentary about Fitzrovian fixture Julian Maclaren-Ross.

Pages: Passionate Attitudes

“Beardsley, like ‘decadence’, was new, diseased and curious in form – and, like the century, he was hastening towards his end.”

Pages: Passionate Attitudes

“Beardsley, like ‘decadence’, was new, diseased and curious in form – and, like the century, he was hastening towards his end.”

‘Hundreds of pages of nonsense?’

…or, the autobiography of the Baron de Redé, subject of a lecture by the book’s editor, Hugo Vickers.

‘Hundreds of pages of nonsense?’

…or, the autobiography of the Baron de Redé, subject of a lecture by the book’s editor, Hugo Vickers.

Pages: The Books of the Beast

This is a 1987 miscellany of pieces stretching back as much as twenty years prior. The title piece concerns the published works of Aleister Crowley, a figure of fascination for the author ever since he was disciplined at school for ordering The Great Beast.

Pages: The Books of the Beast

This is a 1987 miscellany of pieces stretching back as much as twenty years prior. The title piece concerns the published works of Aleister Crowley, a figure of fascination for the author ever since he was disciplined at school for ordering The Great Beast.

Julian Maclaren-Ross at 100

It’s hard to shake the suspicion that if an author of Julian Maclaren-Ross’s undeniable gifts and compelling myth had emerged anywhere else in Europe but Britain, his centenary would be a much bigger deal.

Julian Maclaren-Ross at 100

It’s hard to shake the suspicion that if an author of Julian Maclaren-Ross’s undeniable gifts and compelling myth had emerged anywhere else in Europe but Britain, his centenary would be a much bigger deal.

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.

Ironfoot Jack on film

Here he is! In the daytime! In colour! He’s just one of the wonders in this brilliant time capsule of Soho in the 1950s, when the cappuccino machine was still a device of such foreign exoticism it may as well have been a sputnik.

Ironfoot Jack on film

Here he is! In the daytime! In colour! He’s just one of the wonders in this brilliant time capsule of Soho in the 1950s, when the cappuccino machine was still a device of such foreign exoticism it may as well have been a sputnik.

Dodo’s return

While they bore a surface glamour, Dodo’s images were both jaded and jaundiced, as if attempting to market the Expressionists’ brand of caustic cynicism to blasé sophisticates as a desirable lifestyle option.

Dodo’s return

While they bore a surface glamour, Dodo’s images were both jaded and jaundiced, as if attempting to market the Expressionists’ brand of caustic cynicism to blasé sophisticates as a desirable lifestyle option.