|Horse of Selene, the Greek moon goddess, British Museum|
|Centaur fighting Lapith warrior|
London is a theater town, bar none. One evening we went to see "A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time." Before the curtain, we strolled through Soho's Chinatown.
In the Gielgud's lobby were some wonderful drawings of famous theater personalities. This is Noel Coward, who played the effete but was in fact a brave spy during WWII.
Here is John Gielgud as Hamlet.
I paused to chat with Oscar Wilde.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is in a class by itself, quirky and crafty. The entry hall marries modern and traditional with a gorgeous Chihuly glass sculpture.
One of my favorite pieces is this wood carving from the collection of Tipu Sultan, the powerful, late-18C "Tiger of Mysore." I imagine when British officials of the East India Company came to call that nervous laughter ensued.
The maharajas were patrons of the arts. Look at this beautiful instrument!
In the Islamic world, the purdah screen became its own work of art. This is carved sandstone.
I also admired this samurai. Look at his tabi-clad feet.
There are so many nooks and crannies at the V&A, always something to discover. In a back corner, we came across this old spiral staircase.
Plaster casts of many important art pieces were collected for art students and archival purposes. Here is David.
Wouldn't we all love to spend some time here ?
And wouldn't we love the many lifetimes it would take to feast at the table of London?!