Tuesday, 4th October 2005


If I could choose just one painting from the National Gallery I think it would have to be Vuillard's La Cheminée (foot of page, right) ; a simple, relaxed looking painting of the mantelpiece in the room of house he rented for the summer of 1905 in Normandy.

On our mantelpiece we have a ceramic bottle/vase with a fish design which Danny Gregory bought for us in Jerusalem; a ceramic chaffinch which I say I once bought for Barbara at Marie Jordan's gallery (now closed), Newmillerdam, but which she says she bought for me; a candle holder lamp that we bought at Skala Potamia, Thassos, and a collage by Barbara Regent, an artist friend in New South Wales.

vaseThe pot on the hearth (right) has less exotic origins, it came from a bargain shop in the Ridings Centre, Wakefield, but it's none the worse for that.

Our fireplace was constructed from local brick, from Nostell, by a bricklayer called Peter from Middlestown. It's a work of art in itself. Next Page


Vuillard's The Mantelpiece (La Cheminée) at the National Gallery, London

Danny Gregory

Barbara Regent

Richard Bell,