The history of silhouettes

The art of the silhouette

Before the advent of photography, portraits in the form of detailed silhouettes were all the rage

Amy Meyers chooses her favourite painting for Country Life

My favourite painting: Amy Meyers

'Stubbs’s portrayal is one of the subtlest and most poignant commentaries on the troubling displacements that were accruing from the development of a global empire'

Sue Laing chooses her favourite painting for Country Life

My favourite painting: Sue Laing

'This picture both reminds me of her and throws into sharp relief the extraordinary advances made in military medicine and clinical rehabilitation since then.'

silversmiths country life

The beauty of silver

The ancient art of silversmithing is undergoing something of a renaissance, as an arresting new display at the V&A shows