Fitzroyalty

Hyperlocal news about Melbourne's first suburb: Fitzroy 3065

Mary, Percy and George

After my first visit to London in 2010, I wanted to write about some of the paintings I had seen at the National Portrait Gallery. This proved impossible as the gallery’s website contained only very small images that inadequately represented the paintings, and it refused to allow their reuse, even for non-commercial purposes.…

best fine dining in the UK

This is the last of my London posts, then normal local commentary will resume. I ate at some fantastic restaurants in London on my recent trip there, but it can be difficult to pick suitable places to eat, especially if you are travelling and dining solo.…

a review of Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan at the National Gallery in London

Newspaper reviews of the current National Gallery exhibition ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan‘ have been extremely positive: see the LA Times, the Scotsman, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Independent. Effective marketing including a live tv and digital cinema preview has ensured that within days of opening all advance tickets sold out and people wait for hours for limited daily entry positions.…

lunch at Roti Chai in Marylebone

This was lunch at Roti Chai in Marylebone. From the top down: spicy chicken lollipops (wings), potato samosas with chick peas and tamarind sauce and a seafood soup (broth served separately, very chilli hot and peppery). All this for £19 ($30) including a beer and service charge.…

thoughts on marketing art, and the enduring appeal of Leonardo da Vinci

I visited Windsor castle recently mainly to see if there were any Leonardo drawings in the Drawing gallery. The Crown owns the largest collection of his surviving works on paper, including pages from his notebooks and preparatory drawings for paintings. But their website says nothing useful: the gallery contains ‘a selection of treasures from the Royal Library‘.…