Room 57: The Great Bed of Ware

The Great Bed of Ware, room 57

The enormous, three-metre-wide, Great Bed of Ware dominates Room 57. Probably built for an inn at Ware, Hertfordshire, about 1590, it is twice the size of a normal bed of the period. In contrast to this, portrait miniatures, popular during the reign of Elizabeth I are also on display here. Aiming to give the impression of stability, Elizabeth commissioned artists to create highly stylized portraits of herself which were distributed both in the form of prints to the masses as well as miniatures in lockets and gold cases to her favourites.

Please note that from the 17 to 28 March room 57 will be completely closed while the floor is relaid.

Room 57 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.

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Scented Candle - Drawing Room

Scented Candle - Drawing Room

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Event - Renaissance to Restoration London: A History 1520-1670

Tue 29 April 2014 10:30

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore London at one of its most dynamic and colourful periods, when the city was expanding
rapidly and becoming a leading centre of trade with the rest of the world.

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