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Buy one; get another, then another until eventually you get the Sir John Soane’s Museum

Posted in LONDON (JAUNTS), Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2008 by echostains
Facade of Sir John Soane's museum London

Facade of Sir John Soane’s museum London

What a remarkable place!   What a remarkable man, son of a Bricklayer (b. 1753) Sir John Soane, Architect turned out to be!

 

A Rakes Progress The Rake taking possession of his estate 1734

A Rakes Progress The Rake taking possession of his estate 1734

There are also drawings, prints, furniture, clocks and of course books … the list is endless!  What a great time Soane must have had collecting them all.  He was continually building on and altering  his house in order to accommodate this collection.  The place must have been in a perpetual flux, forever changing.

 

 

 

Sir John Soane's Museum and Library

Sir John Soane’s Museum and Library

Soane wanted to preserve his collection to inform and educate students and amateurs.  He negotiated an Act of Parliament in 1833 to preserve his house and collection to benefit others.  This Act came into being when Soane died in 1837.  The public were encouraged to ‘consult, inspect and benefit’ from these collections and they do.

  Minimal changes have been made to the collections layout.  Each Curator has tried to maintain Soane’s wishes regarding Soane’s arrangements.

Amongst the truly impressive is the giant sarcophagus of Seti 1  c. 1370BC

 

John Soane Sarcophagus room in 1864

John Soane Sarcophagus room in 1864

 

 

and one my Favourite Goddess incarnations: Diana of Ephesus Turkey.

 

Diana of Ephesus

Diana of Ephesus

 I went to Ephesus in Turkey last year: an amazing place: like stepping back into biblical times.

 

Ephesus Turkey

Ephesus Turkey

 

 An exhibition of the Adam Brothers drawings of the Grand Tour (Rome).  These drawings are exquisite, showing meticulous draughtsmanship.  The exhibition runs until 14 February 2009.

 

Adam  brothers Grand  Tour

Adam brothers Grand Tour

The paintings, including the ‘Soane’s Hogarth’s’ read like a National Gallery Guidebook.  Turner, Canaletto, Reynolds, Fuseli, amongst many. 

 

John Soane's Dining Room with portrait

John Soane’s Dining Room with portrait

The actual atmosphere in the house is very tangent In some rooms, almost as if a past inhabitant has just left the room.  Perhaps life goes on as before and Sir John flits about stroking and arranging his collection when the house has been cleared of visitors and shut up for the night.  All those antique influences vibrating as one invisible breath, calling through time ‘Please Visit us!’

 

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Crafty Old Sugar!

Posted in ART, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by echostains

An Icy Front

An Icy Front

 

 

 

 

I was watching a programme today which featured the Bowes Museum in County Durham.  The exhibition was about Sugarcraft as a sculptural medium.  I never realised that this craft was so old.  Apparently it was featured in the household of Princesse de Lamballe, Marie Therese Louise de Savoie-Carignan (1749-92) who was a favourite of the famous  Marie Antoinette.  The collection featured moulds and tools which the curator used to demonstrate.

Basket moulds

Basket moulds

 

 

 

 

The paste is pressed into the mould, then scraped round with a small brass tool and assembled.  These were used for table decorations and even deserts.

 

Cucumber basket

Cucumber basket

 

 

I love miniatures: my daughter and I used to have a lot of fun making miniature food with Fimo.

 

Butcher meat

Butcher meat

 

 

 

 

There has always been debate between Art and Craft and craft as an art form.  The Tate was founded by industrialist Henry Tate who made his fortune as a Sugar Refiner.

More information about the exhibition can be foound here;

http://www.historicfood.com/Royal-sugar-Sculpture.htm