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Measuring up

Nicholas Penny

4 April 1991
Renaissance Portraits: European Portrait Painting in the 14th, 15th and 16th Centuries 
by Lorne Campbell.
Yale, 290 pp., £35, May 1990, 0 300 04675 8
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... Opposite the first page of LorneCampbell’s Renaissance Portraits is a large colour plate of a pair of young female hands emerging from crisp and translucent white cuffs with black borders. The hands, which clasp soft buff kid gloves ...

At the National Gallery

Nicola Jennings: Bartolomé Bermejo

12 September 2019
... It is true that certain aspects of Bermejo’s work are typically Valencian (the construction and preparation of the panels, for example, and the tooled gold background), but as essays by LorneCampbell and Tobias Capwell confirm, the hypothesis that Bermejo visited Flanders is hard to dismiss. Campbell draws attention to Bermejo’s use of compositional schemes developed by Van der Weyden, such as ...

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Peter Campbell: Renaissance Faces

6 November 2008
... presence of the evidence, in Van Eyck at its absence. The craft of portrait painting addresses facts, the art of it goes beyond them. It is in drawings that you see the first stages of the process. LorneCampbell’s catalogue essay, ‘The Making of Portraits’, shows that many problems and possibilities remain unaltered.* Sitters always tend to get bored and to complain about not looking pretty ...


David Craig: In the Barra Isles

30 October 1997
... looms. Chrissie MacPherson, the landlady, was the daughter-in-law of the Coddy – Barra’s famous memorialist or seanchaidh, whose stories were edited into a book by the great Gaelic scholar John LorneCampbell. Her words had gone on buzzing and irking in a corner of my brain. Most sources are agreed that the people left Pabbay and the last two islands in the chain, Mingulay and Berneray, quite ...

Fire and Water

Rosalind Mitchison

17 October 1985
Water Power in Scotland: 1550-1870 
by John Shaw.
John Donald, 606 pp., £25, April 1984, 0 85976 072 3
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The History of the British Coal Industry. Vol. II: 1700-1830, The Industrial Revolution 
by Michael Flinn and David Stoker.
Oxford, 491 pp., £35, March 1984, 0 19 828283 4
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Industry and Ethos: Scotland 1832-1914 
by Sydney Checkland and Olive Checkland.
Arnold, 218 pp., £5.95, March 1984, 0 7131 6317 8
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The Jacobite Clans of the Great Glen: 1650-1784 
by Bruce Lenman.
Methuen, 246 pp., £14.95, November 1984, 0 413 48690 7
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The Prince and the Pretender: A Study in the Writing of History 
by A.J. Youngson.
Croom Helm, 270 pp., £16.95, April 1985, 0 7099 2908 0
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Canna: The Story of a Hebridean Island 
by J.L. Campbell.
Oxford, 323 pp., £25, December 1984, 0 19 920137 4
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... divided sympathies which warm many aspects of what he writes: his partiality is not all of one kind. This little book has tried so hard to keep cool and detached that it ends up cold and flat. John LorneCampbell’s work is the completion of a lifetime of study and generous devotion, and it is to him that we owe much of our knowledge of Gaelic poetic imagery. Canna was an attractive backwater, owned ...

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