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Of objects and labels: Mr Beresford visits the V&A

'Lago Maggiore from Stresa' by Sir Alfred East

The majority of the 50,000 historical correspondence (or nominal) files in the V&A Archive document the acquisition and loan of museum objects. Some, however, contain correspondence and papers of a more general nature. In the file for George Charles Beresford (1864-1938) we find a combination of acquisition papers and visitor feedback, the latter prompted by a […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 72

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 The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 72 We are certainly reaching the heady heights now, going back to Soho and this time a relative new comer to London but an absolute giant in the art world.  Wonderful to see one of the most influential gallerists open a space in London. New […]

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Out On Display #14: ‘authentically antique’ …

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    Ganymede Feeding the Eagle Oil on paper laid on canvas Richard Evans Possibly Italy, 1822 Given by the artist 36-1870 On display in room 82         Portrait painter and copyist Richard Evans (1784 – 1871) produced this oil sketch in 1822, as preparation for an experimental fresco. Evans spent many […]

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Seasons Greetings from Furniture and Woodwork

Sledge; carved, painted and gilded; Netherlands, 1740-1800 (museum no. 980-1883) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Snow brings the snowman, not the other way round. Snow also brings eye injuries, excuses from railway companies and, most importantly, sledging. Behold this festive transport, replete with carved lion and child, and imagine flying out of it, pink-faced and giggling, catching on a stone at the bottom of a gentle hill covered in barely an […]

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St. Barbara

T.13-1937, embroidered picture of St. Barbara, probably a 20th century forgery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Today, almost three weeks late, I present St. Barbara, another spurious Roman saint. She is said to have been born in the mid-3rd century, her father was wealthy, overbearing and pagan. He kept her locked in a tower to protect her from the world, but could not prevent her from secretly becoming a Christian and […]

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Constable Digital Kids activity to do at home

Constable Digital Kids Activity for Families

As the Constable: The Making of a Master exhibition enters its final month at the Victoria & Albert Museum and with young animators and digital painters anticipating new tablets for Christmas presents; this refresh of the basic instructions for PhotoViva and PuppetPals apps from the two Constable themed families activities this term, should provide a well-timed reminder […]

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Every Lady Her Own Drawing Master

Brachycombes by Geoge Brookshaw

One of the main pleasures of taking up a hobby is surely acquiring all the necessary equipment, preferably new, with everything matching and on a professional scale. Women taking up watercolour painting in 1797 obviously felt the same “Every lady who has a taste for painting, furnishes herself with a box of colours, probably eighteen, […]

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St. Eligius

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Today’s Sanctus Ignotum, St. Eligius (ca. 588 – 660; known in French as Eloi), followed a successful first career as a goldsmith with a later one as a saint. The signs of his later holiness appear obvious to me (admittedly I am a smug, 21st century know-it-all). He miraculously made two golden thrones using the materials […]

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Constable’s Country: Inspired by Suffolk Settings

Oil painting of Flatford Mill from a Lock on the Stour

Much of John Constable’s current reputation as a painter rightly rests on his development of the ‘plein-air’ oil sketch and his naturalistic style of painting. Also powerfully engaging for a contemporary audience is his autobiographical choice of subjects. In this piece, Winsor & Newton Resident Artist Mathew Gibson explores Constable’s complex personal motivations for painting […]

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Installing the Spring Poppy Fields

Painting conservators and curator condition-checking the object before it goes into the display case © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

When coming into the V&A visitors are often impressed by the glamour of our collections, the quality of displays, and the magnificence of the Victorian building itself, what they rarely see is the amount of behind-the-scene effort in putting together and maintaining exhibitions and galleries. Let’s look at some numbers: 4 conservators, 4 curators, and […]

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