Anthony Sargeant had this wonderful home made steak and kidney pudding for Christmas Dinner. Using a cheap cut of beef (skirt is probably best) along with diced ox kidney and mushrooms it just needs a suet mixture and 5 to 6 hours of steaming. The next post shows the pudding plated.
Here a quarter of a steak and kidney pudding is served on a Royal Copenhagen dinner plate with Sweetheart Cabbage and mashed potato. Anthony Sargeant thinks this is one of the most perfect meals for a cold winter’s day in England. Using cheap cuts of beef (shin or skirt) and ox kidney plus mushrooms and onions the long cooking time in the suet pastry (5 or 6 hours steaming) ensures everything melts down to delicious filling in the suet crust.
This work is a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, but is not intended as a record of their wedding. His wife is not pregnant, as is often thought, but holding up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary fashion. Arnolfini was a member of a merchant family from Lucca living in Bruges. The couple are shown in a well-appointed interior.
The ornate Latin signature translates as ‘Jan van Eyck was here 1434’. The similarity to modern graffiti is not accidental. Van Eyck often inscribed his pictures in a witty way. The mirror reflects two figures in the doorway. One may be the painter himself. Arnolfini raises his right hand as he faces them, perhaps as a greeting.
Van Eyck was intensely interested in the effects of light: oil paint allowed him to depict it with great subtlety in this picture, notably on the gleaming brass chandelier.
Anthony Sargeant bought this charming impressionistic landscape at auction. It is an oil on canvas laid on board and measures approximately 35 by 45cm. The artist was born in Broxburn. He lived in Edinburgh and painted landscape and coastal views. He studied at the Edinburgh School of Design and later in Paris and at Barbizon. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1889, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.
In the winter we wore school caps to school but summer uniform included a straw boater similar to this one. Anthony J Sargeant attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in London from 1955 (aged 11yrs) until 1962. The school crest is embroidered on the hat band.
This wonderful painting by Vermeer is part of the collection in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Anthony J Sargeant saw it many times while he was living in The Netherlands (1985-1996). It is quite a small painting but quite exquisite. The subject is a domestic scene typical of Vermeer. It is impossible to describe the tranquility and warmth and beauty of the painting. Just look at the balance of colour with the blue of the tablecloth and the Maid’s apron anchoring the base of the painting, and ‘hear’ the milk being poured