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Richard Redgrave (1804-1888): A Reluctant Traveller

You’d think that the opportunity to travel around Italy at the Museum’s expense, hunting for priceless late Medieval and Renaissance treasures to send back to South Kensington, would have been considered by a nineteenth-century curator as one of the perks of the job. Not so with Richard Redgrave. Redgrave was a painter and arts administrator; […]

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And additional note with very important information regarding the cos of beer in 1948

Time capsules, finding the unexpected in buildings and objects. Part 1

One of the benefits of working in old buildings is that they often conceal secrets that are just waiting to be discovered. Before joining the V&A, I used to work at St Paul’s Cathedral, one of the world’s most iconic buildings and filled with glorious art. In the Cathedral’s crypt, I found a fascinating object […]

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The Damascus Room as it looked around 1932, when it was installed in the Bethnal Green Museum (V&A: 1784-1932) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A room from Damascus

In April 2015 the V&A will open a small display in the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art about the 18th-century interior from Damascus that we used to have in our collection. Used to have you might say? This is quite a complicated story, which I am gradually uncovering. In the 18th century, the principal reception […]

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Epic Object Disintegration, and Other Tales from the Registered Files

“Director – It is my duty to report the breakage of a Glass Huqa-bowl on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum for the Royal Academy Exhibition of Indian Art.” So begins a letter dated November 21st 1947, explaining a tragic accident that took place while an object was being prepared for exhibition. “At the […]

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Rodin sculptures on display in Room 21 of the V&A.

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

Rodin’s death, V&A memorial exhibition and 1914-2014 celebrations at the V&A 8 November 2014 marks the anniversary of French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s gift to the V&A  of eighteen of his sculptures in honour of the French and British soldiers fighting in the First World War. In the weeks running up to this important anniversary, we […]

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Rodin, oil on canvas, 1913

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

The Rodin gift as it was seen at the time 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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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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I’m Sure I’ve Seen that Library Before…

Those of you who have used the National Art Library’s reading rooms, or who may even be sitting in them as you read this, will not have failed to notice how beautiful they are.  Built between 1876 and 1884, the reading rooms were one of the show cases of the South Kensington Museum (now V&A), […]

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The Rodin Gift to the V&A in ‘wholly exceptional circumstances’ – Part One

Rodin and the V&A, 1902 – 14th September 1914 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 charting […]

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New archive subject guide to the India Museum and Indian Collections

Tippoo’s Tiger – a large wooden semi-automaton of a tiger devouring an unlucky European gentleman – is one of the V&A’s most popular exhibits. In the V&A Archive we’ve seen a growing interest in our documentary holdings relating to the history of the India Museum and growth of the Indian Collections. These holdings include acquisition […]

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