Dominicus van Tol The painting ‘A Dutch Fruit Seller’, showing a bonneted old lady handing out fruit to a golden-haired little boy, was painted by Dominicus van Tol sometime in the 17th century, although there is no exact date given. Van Tol was born in around 1635 in Bodegraven, a town (formerly a municipality) in…

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First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – the art gallery. The Art Gallery – Introduction to Item 70 I like to visit an art gallery in a new place if I…

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The Hatton Gallery is a two-minute walk from the Great North Museum, and there’s a handy signpost to show you the way. If you didn’t know the gallery was within the Newcastle University campus, you could easily miss it altogether. However, it’s opposite the Northern Stage, which is quite noticeable. The History of the University…

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A woman in a pink nightgown rests her head on a round pot, her black her flowing over it.

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, by William Holman Hunt, has always been a favourite of mine, so I was excited when the Laing Art Gallery chose to reproduce it on the side of the building. Unfortunately, it’s mostly obscured now by a rogue tree, but it’s still there. On first glance, the mournful Isabella…

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In the north east of England, we’re really spoilt when it comes to places to visit to learn more about our rich heritage, so I decided to produce a series on just some of the sites I recommend. The weather isn’t great at the moment, and a lot of stately homes are closed over winter,…

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