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Time to shop

It is very difficult to buy good quality Chinese xuan paper and mounting silk in the UK. So whilst here in Nanjing I am off on a shopping expedition. Xuan paper is sold by the Chinese foot (bigger than the old English foot), and the usual sizes are 4, 5 and 6 feet. Even in […]

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The Screaming Skull! Courtesy of Susanna Pinney

Halloween greetings from beyond the grave

All is not quite what it seems in the bustling Pinney household. There are rumours of ghosts that roam the halls, tales of ghouls that scare the staff and sightings of spirits that send shivers up the spines of visitors. This Halloween the Legend of the Screaming Skull is revealed… During research for Small Stories […]

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Cocktails with Boris

When the mosaic floors at the National Gallery designed by Boris Anrep were completed in 1952 there was much excitement and extensive press coverage. A formal gathering at the Gallery was initially thought a fitting celebration but in the end it was left to Anrep’s friend Maud Russell to throw a party. The invitation list […]

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Belle: A special Into Film screening for schools

On November, the V&A and Into Film Festival are offering a unique opportunity for students to understand film in new ways. The powerful film, “Belle“, will be screened in the beautiful setting of the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre and followed by optional visits to our galleries. After the screening, students can go on […]

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Style and Satire

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER Sarah Grant, curator in the Word and Image Department at the V&A, and co-author of the  V&A’s new publication Style and Satire: Fashion in Print 1777-1927 Style and Satire tells the entertaining story of European fashion and its most fantastical trends from two interrelated perspectives – the lavish, celebratory fashion plate, and […]

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Bohemian Wrapsody

A very special guest will be on her way to the V&A next week. On Thursday 6th November, Diane von Furstenberg is paying us a visit to talk about her ongoing career of over forty years as a leading fashion designer and icon. Diane started her career in fashion design in 1970. Two years later, […]

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Born on This Day: The Bridge Builder

Born this day in 1708,  the French architect and structural engineer Jean-Rodolphe Perronet was admittedly not technically a ‘builder’ but he was the man responsible for the design and construction of many key bridges in 18th-century France. Perronet improved the network of bridges and roads across France, and established the first school for training bridge […]

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Out On Display #9: ‘the most beautiful of all mortals’

                                   Ganymede           Guillame Cousteau           France, marble, c.1760           A.15-1964           On display in room 61      The Trojan prince Ganymede was supposedly the most beautiful of […]

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The Rodin Gift of sculptures as arranged by the sculptor in the West Hall (now the Porter Gallery), November 1914.

The Rodin gift of 1914 to the V&A in ‘wholly exceptional’ circumstances – Part Two

Display and decisions at the V&A as the war unfolds On 8 November 1914, the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin gave the V&A eighteen of his sculptures in honour of the French and British soldiers fighting in the First World War. In the weeks running up to the 100th anniversary of this event, we are […]

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It's a bit of a balancing act! Dog balancing on two chairs on the balcony of 5 Princes Gardens, albumen print, Clementina, Lady Hawarden, London, ca.1861. V&A PH.457:330-1968

Selecting Furniture & Sculpture Part I

Today’s post has been prompted by a comment from Robert Thornhill on a previous entry. Robert asked for more information on how and why choices were made in selecting furniture and sculpture objects for the new galleries. I previously described the overall process of selecting objects back in the early days of the blog, but […]

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