Diorama: National Art Library with Bursting Ornament

Diorama: National Art Library with Bursting Ornament

A diorama in which the dignified architecture of the National Art Library with its suggestion of a framing of authoritative knowledge, is challenged by an ornamental flower on a textile currently shown in the V&A’s South Asian collection in the Nehru Gallery. Where did the wealth to create such a library come from? Largely from the colonies with their ravishing textile cultures.