Room 54a: The Melville Bed

The Melville Bed, room 54a

The Melville Bed was commissioned by George Melville, 1st Earl of Melville, for his new house in Fife. He had spent years in the Netherlands at the court of William of Orange, before returning to Scotland. His new house reflected his knowledge of the most recent European fashions in furnishings. The bed was never intended for everyday use, but, even so, the survival of its original silk and velvet hangings is exceptionally rare.

Room 54a is on Level 2 of the V&A South Kensington.

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The Bed and Breakfast Star (Paperback)

The Bed and Breakfast Star (Paperback)

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Event - In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora

Sat 29 November 2014–Mon 06 July 2015

DISPLAY: This display features a variety of powerful graphic images from the 1960s to the present – prints, posters, books and ephemera – by notable artists as well as anonymous activists.

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