What gallery owner Jonathan Wattis is listening to, reading and surfing
What I’m listening to: I have recently enjoyed relaxing to The Eton Choirbook Collection by The Sixteen and [founderconductor] Harry Christophers. And I was listening to Wagner and Verdi in the gallery the other day and visitors appeared to be enjoying looking at the pictures more and stayed longer.
What I’m reading: The South China Sea by Bill Hayton, an insightful and wellresearched book on the early and recent history of this important area. Plus, early guidebooks of Hong Kong by Richard Crisp Hurley, who lived in the city from 1879 to 1927.
What I’m watching: one of my favourite directors is David Lean and recently I have been watching a series of his early films from the 1940s and 1950s, including Great Expectations (1946) and Madeleine (1950). I have also just watched a dramatic BBC TV miniseries, The Honourable Woman, which my brother sent me for Christmas.
What artists I’m following: I have been looking at drawings by French artist Jean Pattou that he drew as a tribute to Charlie Hebdo. The best exhibition I saw last year was “Turner & the Sea” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. J.M.W. Turner was a magnificent painter.
Where I’m surfing: the websites of the National Library of Australia, British Library, Hong Kong University Libraries, Library of Congress and WorldCat to research early publications about Hong Kong.