Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Moravian visual tradition

I have, somewhere or other, an extensive collection of photographs of paintings by John Valentine Haidt, and other Moravian imagery. I hope to post these images here in due course. Meanwhile, I attach some photos I took in the Moravian Archive, Bethlehem.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo

This is the script for an illustrated talk on Mackmurdo I gave some twenty-five years ago.  The slides are currently missing but I'll fill in the illustrations as and when I can. Additionally, all bibliographical citations and source notes are omitted. This is a gap even more difficult to fill.


There's a basic problem that's encountered by anyone attempting to talk or write about Mackmurdo. It's that there seems to have been an element of the bogus or of the mountebank in his character. For example, he repeatedly claimed to have been a pupil of Ruskin and to have been chosen  to accompany the great man on a tour of Italy. No evidence has been found for this claim. There's doubt if he ever met Ruskin. Of course he read and admired Ruskin, Carlyle, Walter Pater, Herbert Spencer. And they had a deleterious effect on his literary style. But there was never the personal acquaintanceship he was prone to claim.