After posting Graham Brickstaff’s short biography of D H Laven (see below) I see the need to re-consider many of the statements contained therein, a fair few of which lean heavily on the gnarly trees of nonsense. Before then, however, I would like to share with you a few images related to a recently republished article by the great art historian himself. The article can be found here. The images follow.
As you will no doubt know, these images show discarded palettes belonging to the late great artist Henry Adolphus Hunt. A few years ago, these would have been worth almost nothing. Now, thanks to Laven’s work – and a few progressive art dealers – they are sold for thousands of pounds. Hunt’s ‘other work’, unfortunately, has had less success. His ‘actual’ paintings, it seems, are as unpopular as ever. But who wants a meticulously painted canvas when you can have a scrap of oily cardboard instead?