Country Life

Country Life 28-Apr-2021

Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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school of thought

John Crome founded the Norwich Society of Artists with his brother-in-law Robert Ladbrooke in 1803, to promote the work of local, often self-taught artists. The first meeting took place in the Hole in the Wall tavern. Notable pupils included James Stark (1794–1859), George Vincent (1796–1831) and that remarkable sketcher the Revd E. T. Daniell. After Crome's death, the watercolourist John Sell Cotman took on Crome's mantle until he left for London in 1834. There were annual exhibitions in Norwich from 1805 until 1825, but, for decades, many of the school's works rarely left the Norwich Castle Museum, to which they had been bequeathed by the MP and collector Jeremiah James Colman of mustard fame and his son, Russell. In 2000, Tate Britain held a major exhibition, hanging the works in close proximity…

2 min
if you see nothing else…

At first sight, Mousehold Heath appears to be an exact rendering of a featureless landscape in which very little is happening, so why did the National Gallery buy it and why did it cause such excitement when it first came to wide public notice? In fact, it is not a portrait of the Heath as it was in 1820, but rather an impression of how the area might have been decades earlier. Even then, it was not a stretch of wild Nature; it was a ‘waste', common land north of the medieval city centre of Norwich, used for grazing sheep and cattle, and it was extensively quarried for sand and gravel. By the beginning of the 19th century, much of it had been eaten away by enclosure and what remained was…

1 min
pick of the week

Sir Frank Bowling was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1934 and, on coming to Britain in 1953, he joined the RAF. There, he met the future artist and architect Keith Critchlow, who introduced him to the National Gallery and Gainsborough, Constable and Turner. In 1959, he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art; he graduated with a silver medal to Hockney's gold, which some felt was the wrong way about. With Ceri Richards, Peter Blake and Leonard Rosoman, he was commissioned to produce large paintings for the Shakespeare Quatercentennial exhibition at Stratford. If he is not as widely known as his contemporaries, it is probably because he spent considerable parts of his career in the US. He now maintains studios in both New York and London. However,…

2 min
a sea change

TO those sighing wistfully over travel-insurance clauses and old holiday snaps of safaris or tropical islands, take heart. You may be about to rediscover the glorious British seaside this summer—jam jars full of darting gobies scavenged from rock pools and bee orchids in the sand dunes—but without the privations of the past or bored donkeys. Evocative transport posters illustrate the 1840s to 1960s coastal boom, but the myriad beaches, cliffs, coves, flats and crumbling castles (both sand and stone) of the British Isles have always held an allure, long before even the 1730s, when saltwater swims could ‘cure’ gout and rabies. Dubious medical advice is one facet we’re happy to leave to history, together with those awkward bathing machines—wheeled changing huts, horse-drawn into the waves, allowing ladies in swimwear that would…

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good week for

Beatlemania The childhood haunt of John Lennon and George Harrison, the Art Deco Abbey Cinema in Liverpool, has been granted Grade II-listed status, scuppering demolition plans Hello, old friend The cow wheat shieldbug, which was believed to be extinct in Scotland for the past 30 years, has been spotted in Strathspey Starry, starry nights Light pollution has dropped 10% since 2020 and we're now experiencing the darkest skies since 2013, finds the CPRE's annual Star Count Getting your caffeine fix Kew scientists have discovered a rare coffee species, Coffea stenophylla, that should withstand climate change, with its tolerance to high temperatures and superior flavour likened to ‘high-end Arabica' Fancying your chances A new study finds the Tyrannosaurus rex was slower than previously believed, with an average walking speed of 2.86 miles per hour…

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in the spotlight

We are now in the season of vigilance-and often despair-for those who keep bushes of the Ribes tribe. More than 100 different genera of sawflies are known in Britain, comprising nearly 500 species. They're related to bees, wasps and ants, but lack the ‘waist' characteristic in those creatures and are considered more primitive. Relatively few sawfly species are of concern to us, but gooseberry sawflies (Nematus ribesii) certainly are; the larvae-shiny green, black-spotted grubs superficially resembling caterpillars-can sweep through currant and gooseberry bushes like a plague of locusts, defoliating a bush within a few days. From pupae in the ground, adult sawflies hatch in spring, living for about two weeks, during which time they mate. The female, whose egg-laying apparatus is saw-like, carves into plant material to deposit the eggs, to…