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James Mortimer’s work features in an exhibition at the James Freeman Gallery in Islington, London, opening Friday 8 February. Provocative new exhibition Land of Mortimer features mystical landscapes populated by naked figures and exotic beasts revelling in macabre scenarios. Among seemingly serene settings of soft blue and green landscapes, the viewer is confronted, upon closer examination, with the disturbing realisation that characters are drowning and mauling one another. The works in Land of Mortimer present...

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After 142 years on New Bond Street, one of London’s oldest commercial art galleries, The Fine Art Society, is marking a new chapter by offering over 300 works in a Sotheby’s auction taking place in February 2019.  The sale on 5 February 2019 will see pieces by some of the most distinguished artists of the last 150 years go under the hammer. Perhaps most significant is James McNeill Whistler—one of the first and most celebrated...

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A rare oil sketch by Rembrandt, Study of a Head of a Young Man (c.1650), sold for £9,480,800 at Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening Sale on 5 December. Appearing on the market for the first time in 60 years, the 17th-century masterpiece left its estimate of £6-8 million far behind at Sotheby’s London auction house. A touching portrait of Christ, the painting until recently hung in the Dutch master’s house in Amsterdam. Interest in the work...

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Personalisation may feel more commonplace than ever these days—everyone seems to have an embossed iPhone case or Goyard tote, and meddle with another’s Spotify or Netflix playlist at their own peril. Watches too, are now objects of self-expression, with engraved case backs now giving way to personalised internal bridges and mainplates. For the London-based high jewellery watchmaker Backes & Strauss, however, bespoke has always meant something more rarefied and unique. As the world’s oldest diamond...

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A portrait of a young Charles Dickens that had been lost for 174 years has been unearthed in a box of trinkets at a junk sale in South Africa. The palm-sized portrait, painted by artist and social campaigner Margaret Gillies in 1843, portrays the celebrated Victorian writer at the age of 31. The portrait was last seen in public in 1844 when it was displayed at the Royal Academy in London and Gillies reported the...

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Arts & Collections taps into the world’s most exciting luxury developments, whose unique selling points include deluxe wellness services, eco-friendly schemes and groundbreaking architecture. Luxury developments are popping up in sensational locations across the globe, directly targeting high net worth individuals. But these new projects will have to bring something new to the table in order to successfully entice such a particular crowd. Costa Palmas East Cape, Los Cabos, Mexico The esteemed Four Seasons Hotels...

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Opening on 12 October, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new Photography Centre is set to display the world’s first photographic experiments, pictures by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, acquisitions by Linda McCartney and commissioned works by Thomas Ruff. The world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design has collected photographs since it was founded in 1852. Following the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society collection, the V&A’s expanding amalgamation of world-class photography collections has inspired...

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Screen icon Audrey Hepburn will be brought to life through a colourful new photographic exhibition taking place at London’s Proud Galleries. Proud Galleries’ display has been organised to coincide with the 25th anniversary of her death. It seeks to celebrate the legacy of this illustrious star and reveal a truer sense of the woman beneath the glamour. Hepburn was renowned for her stirring acting roles, stylish sensibilities and humanitarian principles. Having charmed her way through...

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From 25 May, a new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands will reflect on ancient Roman Londoners and their relationship with death. Roman Dead, a display sparked by the monumental discovery of a Roman sarcophagus in Southwark borough in the summer of 2017, seeks to provide visitors with an insight into ancient funerary rituals and religious beliefs. The ‘Southwark sarcophagus’—which is on view for the very first time—will act as the centrepiece of a...

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Mayfair Art Weekend, an initiative which celebrates the Mayfair and St James districts’ history, culture and art, has recently announced it will return in 2018 from 29 June to 1 July. The popular cultural event, which is now in its fifth year, coincides with the landmark 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA). It will be joined and supported by over 35 galleries, auction houses, artists and members of the creative industry and...

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