Art Supply Shops: In central Florence. Just about everything you need for oil painting here. Especially good are the sable brushes and the selection of prepared canvases. Great shop in Bloomsbury, central London with a good selection of long hogs’ hair filberts. Fast delivery service.

M.Saltmarsh. Lovely shop in Tunbridge Wells. Helpful and knowledgeable staff.

 Art Galleries:


The National Portrait Gallery: Superb collection of portraits – most noteworthy are the Reynolds, Lawrences, Sargents.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery: 

Musée d’Orsay:

The National Gallery:

The Wallace Collection:

Le Louvre:

Apsley House

The Zorn Museum:

Art Schools: This atelier is one of the best schools for learning the sightsize technique. Charles Cecil is its inspirational teacher – a legend among art students in Florence.