Happy New Year! (from London, UK)

We’ve been in London since last Monday. Our feet are sore.

This is my first visit and it’s been an eye-opener. The beer is good, of course, but it’s also reasonably priced. Overall, we’re spending less than we had expected.

A big part of the reason for that is the free museums. They’re not all free but the major ones are and none have been overly expensive.

We’d been told about an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts of the Glasgow Boys, Scottish painters of the late 19th century. By sheer chance, we walked by the Academy on our first day and went in. That’s Sir Joshua Reynolds next to the banner. The exhibition was excellent but another surprise was in store. As we approached the entrance, I looked over my shoulder and saw the Taddei Tondo by Michelangelo, a marble relief which was  bequeathed to the RCA in 1830.

It’s not all about art when you visit a city like London and we took a Thames boat tour to Greenwich. The Harrison marine clocks, used to determine longitude, were all in the museum. H1 to H4, a fascinating exhibition.

We do a fair bit of planning and research for our trips but there are always unexpected discoveries. The Modern Drawings show at the British Museum was another surprise and well worthwhile.

The Courtauld Gallery has a wonderful collection and hosted a very interesting exhibition of Cezanne’s Card Players. Cezanne used drawings and watercolours as preparatory studies for the oils.

Museumitis may be setting in. We’ve been in and out of the National Gallery and were turned away from Tate Britain due to a power outage. Today, we kicked off the New Year with a long look at the Tate Modern. Too many highlights to list but I enjoyed the Cubist collection, as I tend to do.

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2 Responses to “Happy New Year! (from London, UK)”

  1. northpenninegallery Says:

    The Glasgow Boys also have a permanent exhibition at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow. It’s also free and one of my favourite places to visit. I love their collective work, it’s been an inspiration for many years.

  2. Chris Aerfeldt Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful time! Sorry we couldn’t meet up with you. We’ve still not done the trip to Greenwich even though we lived in London for a year so it was great to hear what we missed out on :))

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