All posts by Janette Bright

Cover to cover – Bridging the Gap in Store Street

In my previous blog for EAST I wrote about how my current work, which had begun with research into a portrait of Isabella Montagu, Duchess of Manchester, had developed into something much broader. I am now looking at a wider range of women who had connections with the small area of Bloomsbury where I study […]

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Going round a square to bridge a gap

When I wrote my last EAST blog post, the work I was developing for ‘Bridging the Gap’ was solely in relation to Isabella Montagu, the Duchess of Manchester (1706-1786), whose portrait hangs at the Foundling Museum. Since that time I feel I have been going around in circles, down cul-de-sacs and struggling to find something […]

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Inspiring textile artists

Yesterday I attended one of the Embroiderer’s Guild online ‘Thread Talks’, tuning in to hear Anthea Godfrey talk about their collection at Bucks Museum. In this presentation we were introduced to new acquisitions but I also learned about some textile artists I have to admit I had never heard of. I don’t know if the […]

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A cup of tea with a duchess

I first saw this painting when the Foundling Museum put it on display as part of their Ladies of Quality and Distinction exhibition in 2018/19. Isabella Montagu, (c.1706-1786) was one of twenty-one elite women who supported Thomas Coram’s petition for the Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children, which was […]

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A Trip to Tate

There are two very good reasons to visit Tate Britain at the moment and both relate to textile artworks. Hew Locke’s ‘The Procession’ is both joyful and sinister. It is very site specific at the Tate, reminding the viewer where the Tate’s wealth was originally obtained but it is also about hope. Hew Locke talks […]

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