Rosalind Ormiston MA: Art Historian, Arts & Travel Writer, Author

Below are some of the features I have been commissioned to write.  The LATEST are published in HAMPSHIRE LIFE monthly magazine, June issue published 24 May; THE NEW EUROPEAN weekly newspaper, issue 389, 23-29 May,  ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATORS monthly magazine, July issue, published 10 May 2024; and THE ARBUTURIAN, published online 19 May 2024


MAY 2024


The Story of an Art Addict

In 1934 Peggy Guggenheim bought a house, Yew Tree Cottage near Petersfield, Hampshire. She lived here for five years until the onset of World War II in 1939. And it was here that she launched her career as a modern art collector and gallery owner. The exhibition 'Peggy Guggenheim: From Petersfield to Palazzo' opens at Petersfield Art Gallery and Museum, on June 15th, and tells this remarkable story of her lfe in Hampshire before settling in Venice. I have written a feature on it for Hampshire Life, June issue (published May 24th 2024) in a 7-page feature 'The Story of a Art Addict' pp.10-16.

Hampshire Life Magazine


Bruges -  The Art of Recovery

The Sint Jan (Saint John) Hospital in the centre of Bruges was founded in the 1150s. It ministered medical aid year-round to residents until the 1970s. Now it is a museum dedicated to its remarkable past.  The New European, 'Carousel', p.7, issue 389, 23-29 May 2024, has published my article on its history.


The New European issue 389


On carousel: The Wards at Sint Jan's Hospital, Bruges, 1788, oil on panel, by Jan Baptiste Beerblock (1739-1806). Image copyright Hugo Maertens,2024 (This painting is in St John's Hospital Bruges.)


A Spring Bloom at Strawberry Hill House


Published online A Spring Bloom at Strawberry Hill House | The Arbuturian 


19 May 2024 At Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, London, an exquisite exhibition has just opened (until 8 September 2024) displaying a pair of paintings by Dutch painter Jan van Huysum. They have to be seen. Read about them in The Arbuturian here.


On carousel: Jan van Huysum's Fruits, including Grapes, Peaches, and a Pineapple, with Flowers and a Poppy in a Sculpted Vase, a Landscape Behind, 1731-32 (detail) image copyright Strawberry Hill House, 2024.



'The Painter and the Performer', a six-page feature in Artists & Illustrators, July issue, pp48-52.


In January 1879, the French artist Edgar Degas visited Cirque Fernando in Paris, over several nights. He made sketches of the circus ring, the clowns, the animals but his focus was on Miss La La, an acrobat with an 'iron-jaw' who could hold an exploding cannon between her teeth. Read Artists & Illustrators feature to find out what happened next. Degas' painting 'Miss La La at Cirque Fernando',1879 National Gallery, London is the subject of an exhibition at the gallery, 'Discover Degas & Miss La La' (6 June-1 September, 2024) 


On carousel:

1) Miss La La at Cirque Fernando, 1879, Edgar Degas (detail) Image copyright National Gallery, London.

2) Poster for Cirque Fernando, Paris, c.1870's (detail)

Image copyright National Gallery, London.


APRIL 2024


'A Show-stopping sculpture adventure', Yorkshire Life, May issue, pp.34-36.


Sculptor Sir Tony Cragg is exhibiting his work at Castle Howard, Yorkshire, from 3 May-22 September 2024. It is the first time that contemporary sculptures have been displayed at Castle Howard. It is such a glorious setting. Read about it in Yorkshire Life.

Yorkshire Life Magazine


On carousel:

Exterior: Castle Howard, Yorkshire with Tony Cragg's phenomenal aluminium sculpture 'Industrial Nature', 2024, on the lawn. (Image  - Rosalind Ormiston, 1 May 2024)


MARCH 2024


'The lost father of Surrealism: how Paul Nougé helped create a movement.. then disowned it',  in THE NEW EUROPEAN newspaper issue 380, 14-20 March, 'Eurofile' pp.31-35.


The lost father of surrealism - The New European


2024 is the centenary of the emergence of Surrealism in Belgium and France. It is being celebrated in Brussels in two major exhibitions; one, Histoire de ne pas rire; Surrealism in Belgium' at BOZAR,  the second a few paces away is IMAGINE! 100 years of International Surrealism at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. The Belgian biochemist and writer Paul Nougé was the  intellectual leader of the Belgian surrealists movement. André Breton in Paris was his French counterpart.


 On carousel:  Paul Nougé, 'The Juggler' (La Jongleuse) from the series Subversion of images, 1929-1930, Photography, Collection Archives & Museum of Literature (AML), Brussels.  © Rights reserved. 




'Protecting the first superpower: The Romans in Cumbria', CUMBRIA LIFE, March 2024 issue  Cumbria Life – The award winning magazine 


The feature focuses on the Roman legions occupation of Cumbria, Northumbria and Scotland, in relation to a fabulous exhibition at the British Museum: 'Legions: life in the Roman army', on until 23 June 2024  See Legion: life in the Roman army | British Museum


On carousel: Relief from Croy Hill, on the Antonine Wall. Image copyright National Museums of Scotland




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