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The Guard Book Project

Portrait of a female by Raphael, pencil drawing, said to be the model for his Madonnas

This project is the digitisation of The Guard Book Archive of Black & White Photographs taken by the Museum between 1856 – 1997. First of all what is a Guard Book?, other terms could be, an Album, Store Book, Scrapbook, Folder, Guard Box, the list could go on, but one word is important, the word Guard, to […]

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Richard Dadd’s Middle Eastern Sketchbooks

Two views of Valletta, Malta.

Richard Dadd is perhaps most famous as the Victorian fairy-painter who killed his father and subsequently spent 40 years as an inmate of Bedlam and Broadmoor. Although accurate, this oversimplifies the life and career of this extremely talented and troubled artist. Dadd suffered a breakdown whilst travelling with his patron in the Middle East in […]

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Adolphe Bilordeaux: Photographs as Drawing Lessons

            You may have noticed from my last post that we are currently working through our collection of photographs of sculpture. This set has been my favourite so far – it is a series of photographs of plaster casts of sculpture. The original sculptures the casts were made from date from the Classical era, […]

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Mindful of Time

Inspired by the themes of the forthcoming Gilbert Collection Study Day Sensing Time, illustrator and V&A member of staff Eileen Budd created a series of line drawings of clocks and watches that will be discussed by curators during the event. Her drawings are an equally careful study of the masterpieces in the V&A’s collections, and an invitation to you to join in their exploration, […]

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Building Cars at the V&A!

This post was written by Joanna Weddell, Researcher at the University of Brighton. She is currently completing an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled Disseminating Design, which examines the regional impact of the Circulation Department in the post-war period 1947-77. If you were inspired by the BBC2 Building Cars Live programme celebrating British design, engineering and manufacturing, […]

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Building the DeepZoom: Concept to Creation

Screenshot of the Explore the Scroll

The V&A has a wealth of creative talent within its walls, one of these areas is within the artists in residency program. Last month we said goodbye to Liam O’Connor, who spent the last year as our drawing artist in resident, specifically working on the Exhibition Road Building Project. Towards the end of Liam’s residency […]

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Surprising Sketches by Alfred Edward Chalon

After moving to England with his family in the late 18th century, the Swiss painter Alfred Edward Chalon quickly made a name for himself as a portraitist. He enrolled in the Royal Academy in 1797, primarily specialising in watercolour portrait miniatures, like this one.                       […]

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Cast a clout and get your umbrella out

It’s spring time! The sun is out, ‘clouts’ are being cast left right and centre*, and everyone is looking a little bit happier. What better time then, to talk about umbrellas? After all, the aforementioned sun is still fighting those fluffy limelight-stealing clouds for our attentions and the ‘threat’ of rain is a spring time […]

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A Tiny Piece of Cinema

171 St Paul's

I have been experimenting with using magnifying glasses to project moving images of views onto surfaces, like walls and sheets of paper. These projections are similar in nature to the camera obscura, I like these simple forms of photography, these methods transform the ordinary into compelling cinematic events. With the camera obsura its fascinating to […]

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V&A Concrete Christmas Bowling Tournament

V&A Concrete Christmas Bowling Tournament

Over the past couple of months I have been devising a bowling game to be played on the Exhibition Road building site. This game took place last Friday on December 19th, and was contested between two teams. One team made from V&A staff the other from the builders working on site, the hoardings around the […]

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