Andrea Watson
  • An Alice in Wonderland home Skeel Library, Hampstead Manor From its literary origins as a school for young Edwardian ladies, there’s a touch of Alice in Wonderland in the newly restored Skeel Library, a Grade II-listed building that forms part of Mount Anvil’s award winning Hampstead Manor complex. Two years ago, Mount Anvil dived down the rabbit hole to begin […] February 2, 2020
  • Pick of the spring art shows in 2020 Andrea Marechal Watson takes a look at spring shows from London, Cambridge, Bonn, Vienna and, Washington DC and enters the magical world of the new Story Museum in Oxford Picasso and Paper Forgive a tiny quibble but this magnificent exhibition is far more than works on paper by Picasso and perhaps it’s why the show […] January 30, 2020
  • Creativity? It’s a rainbow pack of plastic toys Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years has just opened at the Holburne Museum, Bath. The exhibition has instantly put this little known art collection on the international map as Andrea Marechal Watson discovers. Claire in a bus stop, courtesy of Andrew Gibson There are quite a lot of words and phrases that Grayson Perry doesn’t like. […] January 27, 2020
  • The mural maze – graffiti, art or advertising? Across London, colourful murals in all manner of styles from bright graffiti to verdant jungles are appearing on walls and houses, many painted to order. And it’s not just in the East End. Dover Street Market in Mayfair just celebrated its 15th birthday with a work by the Russian artist Pokras Lampas. Other commemorative murals […] January 2, 2020
  • Seychelles are paradise found for property buyers The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose tiny North Island in the Indian Ocean for their honeymoon in 2011. The ripple effect of that visit has been a blessing for property owners in the Seychelles. At the Eden Bleu marina on Mahe, one of the three main islands in the archipelago, some owners have doubled […] December 2, 2019
  • The $12million Mantegna sketch and other 2020 art events A pen and ink sketch by the Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna, currently on tour, is to be offered for sale by Sotheby’s New York on January 29th. The preparatory drawing for a painting in the Triumphs of Caesar series belonging to the Royal Collection and now in Hampton Court Palace, is one of only 20 […] November 28, 2019
  • Food for thought – five of the best autumn art shows Last Supper in Pompeii When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, the people of Pompeii were doing what Romans loved best – eating, drinking and producing food from the many kitchen gardens and vineyards serving the city. Last Supper in Pompeii explores this ancient Italian love affair through exquisite mosaics, wall paintings, statues and objects, many […] August 11, 2019
  • William Morris…Victorian wallpaper maker and anarchist You’d be forgiven for thinking that the designs of William Morris – his trellises and willows and honeysuckles – are a little out-of-date and irrelevant. Popular designs like Strawberry Thief adorn cushions and mugs but do they really fit the modern interior? Surprisingly, not only have these botanical themes made a massive comeback but Morris […] July 22, 2019
  • Crossing continents with Vastu – how Indian beliefs are changing homes Centred on a haunted house in the suburbs of Mumbai, the Indian horror film Vaastu Shastra takes its title from ancient Vedic principles of architecture. The plot involves a young family who move to their new home with an old banyan tree in the garden. As the film rapidly descends into gore and nonsense, we […] June 24, 2019
  • Billionaire who can’t give up work because he signed the Giving Pledge The rich are famously time poor. But with P.N.C. Menon, the billionaire founder of Sobha Realty, it’s not like that. The Indian-born property mogul, who recently opened an office in Park Lane, Mayfair (ironically in premises vacated by Foxtons) lives up to the image of a “suited yogi” and seem genuinely time rich as we […] June 5, 2019