Country Life 19 April 2023

Country Life 19 April 2023 looks at painting horses, Georgian fashion and Nature's greatest impersonators.

Alive and wool

Jane Wheatley spins a yarn in anticipation of Wonderwool, a creative showcase for sheep

 ‘Painting horses is, to me, the breath of life’

Octavia Pollock celebrates the genius of Lucy Kemp-Welch, an artist who portrayed animals with an admirable empathy

That sounds just like you

From talking budgies to dawn-chorus impersonators, Stephen Moss meets the birdsong mimics

Dressed to impress

Amid the towering headdresses and voluminous skirts, Matthew Dennison discovers that fashion was fun in the Georgian era

Raynor Winn’s favourite painting

The author and walker chooses a striking Snowdonia landscape

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The good stuff

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Giles Kime is dazzled by David Hicks in full colour and Amelia Thorpe brushes up on paints

Fronds in high places

Tiffany Daneff visits The Palm Centre in Surrey, home to some of the world’s most exotic plants

Kitchen garden cook

Melanie Johnson celebrates the sheer joy of the springtime forager’s friend: wild garlic

Simply the best

Michael Billington immerses himself in Sir Nicholas Hytner’s spectacular Guys and Dolls

And much more