10 April 2019

    A SHORT HISTORY OF FAWSLEY, NORTHANTS

    By Deborah Gage

    The picturesque Fawsley Estate has a rich and colourful history and is currently owned by the Gage family. Originally dating from the 7th century, the estate includes a park laid out by Capability Brown as well as a manor house that is now one of the leading hotels in Northamptonshire. This article traces the colourful history of the estate and families who have lived there.

    21 February 2018

    George Gage with two attendants by Anthony van Dyck

    IDENTIFICATION AND PROVENANCE

    By Hilary Maddicott (As published in the British Art Journal, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Autumn 2017)

    Anthony Van Dyck’s portrait in the National Gallery, London, catalogued as showing George Gage with two attendants, has been acclaimed as an ‘ambitious and innovative’ production of his early years (Pl 3).1 In this unusual ‘conversation piece’, displaying the lively interaction of three figures, Van Dyck portrays the principal subject of the paintings: a youngish man, wrapped in a stylish black cloak, in a pose conveying the innate grace, but also the skilfully-crafted nonchalance, or sprezzatura, of a courtier.

    30 January 2017

    Joseph Gage – The Gamble

    By Andrew and Kevin McKenzie

    Another article on on Joseph Gage:  The Gamble – a tale of bankruptcy and murderous rivalry between kindred families.

    30 September 2016

    English-American Traveller

    By Frederick Rosengarten, Jr

    In 1648 a most unusual book was published in London entitled The English-American his Travail by Sea and Land: or a New Survey of the West India’s. In this work, Thomas Gage, a British Dominican friar, wrote a vivid account of conditions in Mexico and Guatemala during the 1620s and 1630s – the first authentic eyewitness description of South America by a non-Spaniard who had actually lived in the New World.