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Florence Evans  Art historian, gallerist, mudlarking fanatic, proud member of Thames + Field & @awitalondon. Please note you need a permit to mudlark the Thames.

Tonight’s.... Startled Staffordshire Stallion.. He would have adorned a vase (a Thomas Parr ‘spill vase’, circa 1830-60, to be precise). Swipe to see. #mudlarking #riverthames #londonlife #londonmudlark #mudlark #thames #foreshore #beachcombing #dirtfishing #urbanarchaeology #lostandfound #london #staffordshirehorse #staffordshirepottery #pottery #ceramics #staffordshire #horse #horseshead #thomasparr

There is nothing more lovely than the river on a hot evening, with the hustle and bustle of London way above - close yet far removed. #mudlarking #riverthames #londonlife #londonmudlark #mudlark #thames #foreshore #beachcombing #dirtfishing #urbanarchaeology #lostandfound #london

First time on the foreshore in over 2 weeks - a 10 minute dash snatched en route to collect the tot, and I’m overjoyed with this old goat! Let’s guess the age below, please.🐐🐐🐐✨#mudlarking #riverthames #goat #goatcharm #luckycharm #charms #mudlark #londonmudlark #mudlark #thamesforeshore #riverfinds #beachcombing #dirtfishing #urbanarchaeology #lostandfound #capricorn

A bike ride along the Kent coast today, and my 4 year-old’s treasures from the beach including a fossil and - £1! Swipe through to see some rag-doll royals and the ‘diamond’ we won at the penny ‘chines. Surely fit for a...princess! #kentcoast #bikeride #seaside #britishseaside #diamonds #treasure #beachcombing #fossils #seapottery #beachhuts #vintagecartoons

Evening sunshine on some favourite glass marbles and bottles from the river, in the absence of any trips to the Thames this week! Inspired by @myordinarytreasure. The bottles range from 17th century (the smallest), through the 18th and 19th centuries, to early 20th. It always amazes me that these survive intact. As for the marbles, well - they must have stories to tell! #mudlarking #riverthames #londonlife #londonmudlark #riverfinds #riverglass #rivermarbles #oldbottles #vintagebottles #bottlehunting #treasurehunt #colouredglass #marbles #childsplay #dirtfishing #urbanarchaeology #beachcombing #riverlife #mudlark #lostandfound

Today, @jobaringart, by @carlavandeputtelaar - another from our forthcoming exhibition @weissgallery, which opens on Wednesday this week, looking at women in the art world. The elegance of this portrait sums up Jo for me, who I've known since university; always a swan! She specialises in Modern British Art and is Director of the Ingram Collection.
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Carla's photography is entirely lit by natural day-light, the effect is delicate and real, I'm sure you'll agree.
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Do you have a favourite artist?
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​I’m always enamoured by sculptors, particularly women who deal with the physicality of the medium with deft ease. Hepworth and Frink spring to mind.
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What is your earliest memory involving art?
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Gazing at the John Piper tapestry and Geoffrey Clarke furniture at Chichester Cathedral for hours on end as a young schoolgirl. My school assemblies took place in the Cathedral most mornings so I've spent many formative hours of my life looking at works commissioned for the Cathedral by the forward-looking Walter Hussey (whose collection forms a major part of the Pallant House collection).
#womeninthearts #womenintheartworld #artfullydressed #ingramcollection #johnpiper #geoffreyclarke #chichestercathedral #chiaroscuro

I’m always happy with a bit of a bartmann jug, even when it isn’t the bearded face; this time part of a motto that went round the belly. An early one that dates to around 1550-1575; swipe for images in full. Do check out @deanbuddin for a phenomenal complete example that he found intact last week.
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These were a "type of decorated stoneware that was manufactured in Europe throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, usually in the Cologne region (western Germany today). The signature decorative detail was a bearded face mask appearing on the lower neck of the vessel. The popular alternative name 'Bellarmine' is recorded earliest in 1634, and is in popular tradition associated with the cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), a fierce opponent of Protestantism in the Low Countries and northern Germany. The reason for the association was possibly conceived by Dutch and English Protestants to ridicule the cardinal. Another possibility is his anti-alcohol stance. In the 17th century Bartmann jugs were also employed as witch bottles, a popular type of magic item which was filled with various objects such as human urine, hair and magical charms, which were supposed to benefit their owners or harm their enemies. Bottles with malevolent-looking face masks, typical of the period, were routinely chosen for this very purpose."
#bellarmine #bartmann #sherd #shard #ceramic #stoneware #pottery #1500s #16thcentury #mudlarking #riverthames #londonhistory #londonmudlark #urbanarchaeology #beachcombing #dirtfishing

Its been a while since I posted a painting, so here is an amazing rendering of a woven silk pattern - from a skirt with a split down the middle (where you see the suggestion of gold brocade). Dating to the late 1620s, this would have been exceptionally costly fabric. I love how the artist (George Geldorp), has managed to suggest the texture of the damask with highlights, and has reproduced the repeating floral pattern, so faithfully. Portraits in this day and age were, let’s face it, all about the costume! That’s because the clothes were a potent status symbol, usually costing more than the painting itself! Artists working in England at this time are often accused of a naive handling and style, but their grasp of costume was anything but. They understood where their bread was buttered - that their sitters wanted to wow their neighbours with their wealth, through a shimmering display of fashion. #historicalcostume #textiles #historictextiles #historicfashion #silkdamask #oldmasters #1600s #georgegeldorp #historicalportrait #wovensilk #floral #floralpattern #floralsilk @weissgallery

We spent a sweltering few minutes on the foreshore today before we beat a hasty retreat. As ever, here we have the Marble Queen. Swipe for a bewildered cabbage white, desperately searching for flowers in the Thames mud, and a well-placed group of Anthony Gormley statues... #mudlarking #riverthames #rivermarble #childsplay #cabbagewhite #anthonygormley #marbles #beachcombing #lostandfound #londonlife #londonmudlark #londonhistory #urbanarchaeology #dirtfishing #riverfinds #foreshorefinds #thamesforeshore

Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London are in a swanky building built on a historic Roman site by the Walbrook (a subterranean river that runs into the Thames). They’ve reconstructed the actual ruins of the Temple of Mithras in their building, and we visited it today. These ruins were first uncovered after WWII bomb damage, and I seem to remember that they were combed over by Ivor Noel Hume, one of the greatest mudlarks and archaeologists of the 20th century... But I digress, some amazing artefacts were on display, as well as this colourful tapestry by Irish artist Isabel Nolan, which imagines and depicts the Walbrook through time... Great that Bloomberg have done all this for the public, though of course I’d love to know what artefacts have been lost beneath their foundations... Inevitable in the city, I suppose! #londonmithraeum #templeofmithras #romanruins #romanlondon #mudlarking #riverwalbrook #riverthames #londonlife #londonhistory #urbanarchaeology #isabelnolan #anotherviewfromnowhere #tapestries

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