Laura Gascoigne

How has this complete original been sidelined?

The joy of Nicholas Pope's work lies in its free-flowing invention; official recognition could block the outlet

Nicholas Pope’s terracotta ‘John the Baptist Pointing the Way and Lit by His Own Light’ (1993-96), left, and right, his lumpen fired stoneware ‘Medium Weird’ (2020), a rabbit-eared, pot-bellied product of lockdown

A party of disorderly couples has gatecrashed the Picture Gallery at Bath’s Holburne Museum, climbing on to the antique furniture, hanging off the track lighting and sprawling on the floor, putting the noses of the resident Gainsboroughs, Constables and Zoffanys out of joint. Lawks-a-mercy! What has come over the Holburne? A passel of Mrs & Mrs Popes, that’s what: 36 years’ worth, to be precise.

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