Jenny Uglow

Jenny Uglow’s most recent book is In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793–1815. (December 2015)

  • A Charmer in the Trenches

    October 23, 2015

    I had pigeonholed E.H. Shepard as the genius who illustrated Winnie-the-Pooh and The Wind in the Willows. Yet in an intriguing exhibition at the House of Illustration, London, Shepard’s sketches show the mud and shells of the World War I trenches.

  • Liotard: The Unexpected Likeness

    September 4, 2015

    For all his showmanship, the greatest art of Swiss-French painter Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789) was in catching a likeness; and in grasping the fleeting moment, he casts us too back in time.

  • Modern, English and Strange

    July 16, 2015

    The adjective “English” applies to much of Eric Ravilious’s subject matter and his affiliations, but not to his style or atmosphere. Like the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which houses this exhibit, the appeal of his work is universal.

  • Here Comes Waterloo!

    June 5, 2015

    Britain has got Waterloo fever.

  • Goya Takes Flight

    April 27, 2015

    I was faintly apprehensive when I clambered up the curving staircase of the Courtauld Gallery to see “Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album.” But as soon as I was face to face with his powerful, irreverent sketches, I was both horrified and entranced.

  • William Blake: Wonderful and Strange

    February 23, 2015

    Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum has always been a place of surprises, which has made it an absolutely fitting place for “William Blake: Apprentice and Master,” an exhibition that is at once didactic and very strange.

  • A Grande Dame in Close-Up

    January 7, 2015

    The National Gallery, like an aristocratic grande dame, rarely loses its balance or dignity in Frederick Wiseman’s brilliant three-hour documentary on the museum.

  • Turner at Twilight

    November 13, 2014

    Late Turner: Painting Set Free, showing at Tate, Britain, is a fittingly autumnal show, focusing on Turner’s life from his sixtieth birthday in 1835 to his death in 1851.

  • 'Jean-Etienne Liotard'

    October 24, 2015 — January 31, 2016

    Jenny Uglow writes, “It’s two weeks now since I saw the exhibition of portraits, yet I’m still puzzling over the nature of the Swiss-French painter Jean-Étienne Liotard’s charm and strength.”

  • E.H. Shepard: An Illustrator’s War

    October 27, 2015 — January 24, 2016

    In an intriguing exhibition at the House of Illustration, Shepard’s work does not show Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood, or Ratty’s slow-flowing Thames.