Barendina Smedley

Barendina Smedley writes about art, history and culture — and sometimes publishes the odd ghost story — at News from Norfolk. She lives in an old house on the north Norfolk coast and tweets at @fugitiveink

Eric Ravilious’s ethereal watercolours chime with today’s sensibilities

Holbein at the Tudor Court brings the English Renaissance court back to vivid life

“Parallel Lives” is an unsung gem of an exhibition

“Discover Liotard and the Lavergne Family Breakfast” at the National Gallery

Whilst the British art world wallowed in misery, John Craxton led a one man rebellion for the cause of cheer