Charles Saumarez Smith

‘Returning from Brooks’s’ by James Gillray (1784)

Where the Whigs went

25 January 2014 9:00 am

A book about one of the London clubs, published to mark its 250th anniversary, might be regarded as of extremely…


Rus in urbe

2 June 2012 7:00 pm

One of the pleasures of my week is walking across St James’s Square. The slightly furtive sense of trespassing as…


Last of the swagmen

17 March 2012 10:00 am

I have hitherto resisted my wife’s frequent recommendations that I should read a daily blog about the life of the…

Singing in exultation

13 December 2006 3:01 pm

Every Christmas, I face the problem of choosing an official card. The National Gallery Company sends through the range of…

God’s house with many mansions

9 April 2005 12:00 am

Institutional history is a tricky genre, so prone to over-reverence, so likely to be tedious to anyone but those attached…

Temples of culture under siege

27 December 2003 12:00 am

A couple of years ago, I was walking up Quincy Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts with Ivan Gaskell, a curator at…