Picasso’s linocut

 

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Still Life Under The Lamp (1962) by Pablo Picasso. Courtesy of the artist’s estate

We might know Picasso as a painter, but he expressed himself in a variety of media, from ceramics to plays.

Picasso began experimenting with linocuts in 1939, but only from the mid 1950’s he fully embraced the technique. Traditionally the method involved cutting separate blocks for each colour, but he developed what we call today the reduction method, a way of cutting and printing from the same block. The method saved him a lot of time, but he had to visualise the whole process before beginning to print, because this method doesn’t allow you to correct the mistakes made during the process.

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth is one of England’s most magnificent castles. When walking around the castle’s ruins you can see its magnificence, you can imagine how great it looked with its high ceilings, Gothic windows and the wonderful Elizabethan garden.
First built in the 1120s and a royal castle for most of its history, it was expanded by King John, John of Gaunt and Henry V.
In 1563 Elizabeth I granted it to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who converted Kenilworth into a lavish palace.
The castle’s fortifications were dismantled in 1650, and the ruins later became famous thanks in part to Walter Scott’s 1821 romance Kenilworth.

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The Three Graces

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Have you heard about the Three Graces? Not the Greek goddesses, the elephants.

It all began with Samuel Lockhart (1851–1933), famous Victorian elephant trainer and the second child of the famous Lockhart circus family. His work with elephants took him all over the UK, including Royal command performances in front of Queen Victoria, Europe (where he ran his own circus France) and in the USA, where he worked for the famous Ringling Brothers Circus from 1896 to 1901. He has appeared in several historical books on the circus, including one children’s book completely dedicated to him (“Elephants at Royal Leamington Spa” by Janet Storrie, 1990), and the English town of Leamington Spa has several areas named after his most famous group of elephants “The Three Graces” (Wilhelmina, Trilby and Haddie).

The dapper little man with the magnificent white moustache was one of Leamington’s most recognisable residents in the years between the two world wars.