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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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

22 March – 13 July 2014. Experience the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain and explore how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.

Visit the V&A exhibition William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

Event - Norfolk House Music Room Concert

Sat 10 May 2014 11:00

Join musicians from the Royal College of Music as they perform in the V&A’s beautiful Norfolk House Music Room.

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