Back to The V & A

Yesterday, I was able to return to the Victoria & Albert Museum. This post may need to be short as I have to catch the train for Bath in about 45 minutes.

Christina accompanied me to the museum for part of the day and we had lunch at the museum.

This is the room in the Victoria & Albert Museum where we had lunch.

This is the room in the Victoria & Albert Museum where we had lunch.

Christina and I had lunch at the V & A.

Christina and I had lunch at the V & A.

The food at the museum is excellent.  I ate a lot on this day. I spent the afternoon touring and taking in as much of the museum as I could. Items I was most interested in were the clothes.

Court mantua of about 1755-1760. This dress would have been for court functions.

Court mantua of about 1755-1760. This dress would have been for court functions.

Man's coat and waistcoat 1810-20. For court functions.

Man’s coat and waistcoat 1810-20. For court functions.

Man's coat & waistcoat 1815-20. Woman's dress 1817-20

Man’s coat & waistcoat 1815-20. Woman’s dress 1817-20

One of the dresses documented by Janet Arnold in her books. Day dress abt 1908.

One of the dresses documented by Janet Arnold in her books. Day dress about 1908.

A miniature model of a dress based on a Madame Gres design.

A miniature model of a dress based on a Madame Gres design.

I was pleased to find one of the dresses Janet Arnold documented in one of her books.

I worked my way through several more galleries and by 4, I was exhausted. It is just so much stuff. It is impossible to take in any small amount of items. But, at least I can say I tried.

Music room from Norfolk House, St. James Square , London, 1756

Music room from Norfolk House, St. James Square , London, 1756

Nicolas Hilliard miniature of Queen Elizabeth I

Nicolas Hilliard miniature of Queen Elizabeth I

I left around 4 and went back to my room to lay down for an hour before we went up to Islington to see Mr. Burns at the Almeida Theatre.  This is a difficult play. It has been polarizing since since it’s premier in New York and was apparently more so in London. The play is very complex and brings a lot to the table. I enjoyed it immensely but, am still trying to process what I witnessed. I’ll leave it at that for now. I have to catch the train.

Outside the Almeida Theatre

Outside the Almeida Theatre