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Author: Dana Andrew (Acting Deputy Head of Touring Exhibitions)
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Thanks to a bursary from the British Council and ICOM UK, with additional support from the V&A, I am fortunate to attend ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 10 – 17 August 2013.Not only do I face the challenge of navigating a huge general conference for the first time, I am also delivering two presentations, and writing about my experience for the British...
Buddy Holly with The Crickets and cricketers Colin Cowdrey and Denis Compton, photographed by Harry Hammond,1958. Museum no. S.12037-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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As the past week has seen England retain the Ashes, we thought it was about time we stepped up to the crease to reveal some items in our collections that will be of interest to anyone who knows their LBW from their Duckworth-Lewis method.The Game of Cricket, jug, Lowestoft porcelain factory, 1769 - 1770. Musuem no. C.60-1932. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. When you go in search of...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Eliza Stothard received the exaggerated report of her death (see my previous post) with ‘mingled feelings of indignation and amusement’ (1).This humiliation came on the back of a newspaper review of Jules Comte’s La Tapisserie de Bayeux (1878) which had sought clumsily to draw a line under the affair – ‘an offence which, however inexcusable, should now be forgotten...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Academic theory, as someone* once said, is very much like underwear: it provides essential structural support at all times but should remain unseen, apart from the occasional flash, revealed judiciously for maximum effect. Although they're usually kept discreetly tucked away in exhibitions, all curators select and display objects based on their theoretical assumptions. Sometimes these...
Most often when we read about the history of it records the achievements of male artists. However from early on there have also been women artists. In Book XXXV of his Natural History Pliny the Elder (AD 25-AD 79) describes a number of women artists including Timarete of Athens (5th century BC) and Iaia or Lala of Cyzicus (active circa 116-1127 BC). A number of women have also played significant...
Some prints in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum have been embellished by their early owners through the addition of inscriptions in pen and ink. This last part of ‘Cutting, colouring and inscribing’ looks at different examples of writing on some of these prints. These give an insight into the past lives of both these prints and their owners.Figure 1V&A inventory...
Author: Anne Bancroft (Book and Paper Conservator)
'The Regulations for Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the Present Dynasty'. Beijing, 1772. © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonAside from the titular precious stones, the upcoming Pearls exhibition will also feature a lavishly illustrated 18th century Chinese book. Known as ‘The Regulations for Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the Present Dynasty, the book is known to have been...
In the second part of three blogs looking at past intervention to ornament engravings this entry considers enlivening prints through the application of colour.Prints are commonly a monotone medium. From the early days of printing there has been an interest in producing coloured images. One way this is achieved is through colouring a black and white engraving or etching. Some ornament prints were...
Author: James Sutton (Records and Archives Assistant)
Established in 1852, the Museum was initially based at Marlborough House on the Mall in London and it was only in 1857 that it opened on its current site and was named the South Kensington Museum (being re-named the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899). Work started on the site in 1855 and the Museum was a hive of activity from the moment it opened, with rising visitor numbers attracted to London...
Produced as designs for the decorative arts, from early on ornament prints also appealed to collectors. In some cases these prints, intended to inspire designs from artists and craftsmen, appear to have inspired their past owners to embellish or change their form. The next three blog posts will investigate some embellishments made by previous owners through the cutting, colouring and inscribing...
Author: Catherine Flood (Curator - Word & Image Department)
dr.d (doctored or subverted) is an artist best known for altering and augmenting billboards. On one level the motivation is simply to disrupt the outpourings of commercial advertisers and provide people with something more stimulating in the visual environment. For many this is a welcome intervention. An email quoted as a testimonial on dr.d’s website describes how an altered billboard in...

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