The Blue Bower London, 1865 Oil on Canvas 84 x 70.9 cm Fanny Cornforth, the artist’s mistress, was the model for this striking image. The cornflowers at the front refer to her name and the passion flowers suggest her fiery character.  But the image is more a hymn to beauty than a portrait.  A bower is … Read more


Vacancies DIRECTOR OF THE BARBER INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS The University of Birmingham is seeking a replacement for Nicola Kalinsky, who is retiring from the post after almost ten years as Director of the Barber this summer. Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the University of Birmingham on this appointment … Read more