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Tennis Rackets Sunglasses, Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, 1956, Museum no. T.243E-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
Have your strawberries and cream at the ready, because today is the start of the 2013 Wimbledon championships. To celebrate this much-loved date in the sporting calendar, we’ve delved into our collections to bring you some special tennis-related objects.Tennis Rackets Sunglasses, Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, 1956, Museum no. T.243E-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonThese tennis...
Author: V&A Network
The V&A has acquired a rare set of peridot gems mounted in gold by the royal jeweller, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell in 1816, thanks to the generosity of private donors.(left) Handwritten note from Princess Elizabeth to Miss Cotes, 30 April, 1816, (right) Peridot gems given to Mis
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Commemorative Suffragette silk scarf with purple, green and white vertical stripes, Museum no. T.20-1946. © Victoria and Albert MuseumOn 10 February 1913, the V&A’s Director, Cecil Harcourt-Smith, received disturbing intelligence of an audacious plot by members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) to vandalise the Museum’s priceless treasures.The suffragette...
The V&A bees
Author: Steven Handforth (Estate Manager)
The V&A is proud to announce that on the 4th April, a delivery of four honey bee hives arrived at the Museum. After much logistical effort, including the reinstatement of an historic winching system, the bees were hoisted onto the roof and located in a sheltered part of seven acre roof space. With a flight path of approximately three miles, they have an abundance of foraging grounds with a...
Author: Bernadette Archer (Librarian)
Did you know that the National Art Library (NAL) subscribes to The Vogue Archive which can be accessed by visitors within the NAL Reading Rooms?The Vogue Archive database contains the entire run of American Vogue from 1892 to the present day. It is fully searchable and comprises high-resolution colour page images of the work of some of the greatest fashion designers, photographers, illustrators...
Author: V&A Network
This summer a monumental three-figure sculpture by Georg Baselitz, one of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, will be installed in the John Madejski Garden. It has been created in response to Antonio Canova’s neoclassical sculpture The Three Graces (1814-1817) recently redisplayed at the V&A. Baselitz’s Untitled (2013), standing over 3.5 meters high, is a contemporary...
Author: Kirsten Pairpoint (Assistant Librarian)
The winners of the 2013 Illustration Awards were announced last night at our annual Awards party. The four winners were each presented with a trophy and £2,000, with the Student Runner-up receiving £1,000.The Awards have been going since 1972 with the aim of celebrating the best in book and magazine illustration. Each year, a panel of guest judges has the difficult job of selecting...