Herbert Read, ‘Pope of Modern Art’ and Editor of The Burlington Magazine (1933-1939)

In 2007 Benedict (Ben) Read, esteemed art historian and son of Herbert Read, wrote an essay about his father’s editorship of The Burlington Magazine.[1] More recently, he kindly gave the Index Blog permission to re-publish some excerpts from it. Sadly Ben Read died on 20 October 2016 and was unable to edit personally this abridged … Continue reading Herbert Read, ‘Pope of Modern Art’ and Editor of The Burlington Magazine (1933-1939)

Potted Histories: the Omega Workshops adverts campaign in The Burlington Magazine, 1913-1919

Alexis Clark, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Denison University (Ohio), is currently researching on Fry and the Omega Workshops. This fascinating and thoroughly researched piece is an excerpt from her forthcoming work, and it has been written exclusively for the Burlington Index Blog.  Clark’s discussion of the Omega Workshops’ advertisements in The … Continue reading Potted Histories: the Omega Workshops adverts campaign in The Burlington Magazine, 1913-1919

‘The Labours of the Months’ (1923): Herbert Read’s first article for The Burlington Magazine

Surrealist poet, war hero, militant anarchist, art critic and Editor of The Burlington Magazine from 1933 to 1938. Herbert Read, the son of a Yorkshire farmer who became one of the country’s most influential writers, is an intellectual figure who looms large in British history and about whom much has been written. Recently, art historian … Continue reading ‘The Labours of the Months’ (1923): Herbert Read’s first article for The Burlington Magazine

Margaret Jourdain and The Burlington Magazine

In June 1903, when the Burlington Magazine was only 3 months old, it published a detailed article on the lace collection of Mabel Chermside, ‘Mrs. Alfred Morrison’. This was a detailed and richly illustrated account, which distinguished different kinds of laces, stiches and points. The article was a perfect example of the new art historical … Continue reading Margaret Jourdain and The Burlington Magazine

‘Art Celebrities’, an exhibition by Cicely Hey advertised in The Burlington Magazine

Starting from an apparently innocuous 1933 advertisement in The Burlington Magazine, Index Assistant Alison Bennett has uncovered much new material about Cicely Hey, a little-known British artist of the early 20th century. Here is where her research has been taking Alison so far. In March 1933 The Burlington Magazine published an advertisement for an exhibition … Continue reading ‘Art Celebrities’, an exhibition by Cicely Hey advertised in The Burlington Magazine

‘I’ll give the magazine £100 and you can do what you dam [sic] well please with it’, Lockett Agnew advertises in The Burlington Magazine

In its years of operation as an independently funded publication the Burlington has often needed to seek private sponsorship, right from the times of its inception in 1903 and throughout its history.[1] The challenge was, then as now, how to gain financial support without relinquishing the journal’s intellectual independence. The Burlington (which has run as Charitable … Continue reading ‘I’ll give the magazine £100 and you can do what you dam [sic] well please with it’, Lockett Agnew advertises in The Burlington Magazine

New digitisation project: the Agnew’s stock books

As the Burlington Magazine project of cataloguing and indexing dealers advertisements is well under way, we are pleased to hear that other projects flourish too. We have received this communication from Richard Wragg, Archivist at the National Gallery, and we are happy to share it with our readers: The National Gallery has recently digitised eleven … Continue reading New digitisation project: the Agnew’s stock books

Record prices, bargain sales and the complications of dealing with Duveen: the early 20th century history of art dealers Dowdeswell’s in the pages of The Burlington Magazine

The advertisements that Dowdeswell’s published in The Burlington Magazine throughout the first two decades of the 20th century are a significant, and until now, untapped resource. Not only do they enable us to position this leading gallery within the trade surrounding the sale of old masters, but they also make it possible to demonstrate why … Continue reading Record prices, bargain sales and the complications of dealing with Duveen: the early 20th century history of art dealers Dowdeswell’s in the pages of The Burlington Magazine

Working for Benedict Nicolson at The Burlington Magazine in the 1950s

We were able to gain insights on the working practices of the Burlington thanks to a former Burlington staff member. Patricia Heatley (illustrated right, in a 1956 photograph), a professional secretary who studied typing and shorthand at Hornsey College of Art in London, worked as assistant to Fred Hipkin for six years in the 1950s. In this … Continue reading Working for Benedict Nicolson at The Burlington Magazine in the 1950s

Anarchy and art dealing in Paris: Robert Dell (1865-1940), first Editor of The Burlington Magazine.

Roger Fry is famously associated with the inception of The Burlington Magazine, but credit must also be given to its first Editor, Robert Dell [photographed here]. A Christian socialist writer in London, then Anarchist art dealer in Paris, and finally exiled political journalist in America, Dell’s life was lived outside a conventional professional path and … Continue reading Anarchy and art dealing in Paris: Robert Dell (1865-1940), first Editor of The Burlington Magazine.