Title page from the book ‘Some of Albert’s Beasts at the V&A’

Title page from the book ‘Some of Albert’s Beasts at the V&A’

This work recontextualises some of the ornamental heraldic animals, emblems of ancient hierarchical power, found on and in the V&A buildings. It juxtaposes these with various South Asian textiles, representing some of the treasures from colonies which contributed so much to Britain’s wealth and prestige in the nineteenth century.

This image places the statue of Prince Albert, which stands above the main entrance to the V&A, against an unprincely pink-spotted muslin found in the Museum’s South Asian textile archive.