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Christmas Market in Trafalgar Square from 12 November 2021 to 4 January 2022

The nights are getting colder, the Christmas songs are beginning to annoy in shops and the smell of Bratwurst and mulled wine is in the air. These are the unmistakable signs that Christmas is around the corner and London will be looking forward to some Xmas cheer after the difficult last couple of years.

The Christmas market is quite a late addition to the festivities in Trafalgar Square which has long been the centre of Christmas celebrations.

The Christmas Market in Trafalgar Square is based on the German Christmas markets that have gained popularity in the UK over the last 20 years. The history of Christmas markets in Europe and especially Germany go back to medieval times but the UK and London have had their everyday markets for centuries.

From the 1980s, thousands of people from the UK would visit the German Christmas markets in Germany until enterprising stall holders and event organisers transferred the idea into the UK.

The markets offers food, drink and seasonal gifts from attractive from open-air stalls,

German sausages sizzle in big pans, Gingerbread and German cakes are popular

and you can drink gluehwein or lager in freezing conditions.

Another attraction is that these markets in London are often situated in picturesque locations like Trafalgar Square with a backdrop of the National Gallery.

Trafalgar Square is known for ‘The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree’ which is usually a Norwegian spruce over 20 metres high and 50 to 60 years old. It is selected from the forests surrounding Oslo years, in advance. The tree is felled in November during a ceremony in which the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo participate. It is brought to the UK by sea, then completes its journey by lorry. It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion.

The lighting ceremony of the tree, takes place in Trafalgar Square at the beginning of December each year. The 25-metre high tree is a gift from the people of Norway to London, in thanks for Britain’s support in World War II. This historic tradition has happened every year since 1947 and signals the countdown to Christmas in London.

The is also a Blessing of the crib ceremony and carol singing in Trafalgar Square in December.

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Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern from 25 November 2021 to 3 July 2022

Between the Two my Heart is Balanced, 1991
Tate
© Lubaina Himid

Over four decades, Lubaina Himid’s work has made her an increasingly influential figure in contemporary art from her role in the British Black arts movement of the 1980s to winning the Turner Prize in 2017. Tate Modern presents Himid’s largest solo exhibition to date, incorporating new paintings and significant highlights from across her career. Taking inspiration from the artist’s interest in opera and her training in theatre design, the show unfolds across a sequence of scenes which put the visitor centre-stage.

Lubaina Himid
A Fashionable Marriage, 1986
installation view, 2017 © Nottingham Contemporary
Photo: Andy Keate
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens

The exhibition presents over 50 works that bring together painting, everyday objects, poetic texts and sound. Early installations including the well-known A Fashionable Marriage 1984 will enter into a dialogue with recent works such as her series of large format paintings Le Rodeur 2016-18, while new paintings created during lockdown will go on public display for the first time.

An early fascination with pattern, influenced by her mother’s career as a textile designer, has always been central to Himid’s work. A series of suspended cloth flags inspired by East African kanga textiles will welcome visitors to the exhibition at Tate Modern.

Lubaina Himid
There Could Be an Endless Ocean 2018
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens

Throughout her career, Himid has explored and expanded the possibilities of storytelling, encouraging the viewer to become an active participant in her work. A fictional architecture competition inspires the installation Jelly Mould Pavilions for Liverpool 2010, in which a series of hand-painted ceramic models celebrate the contributions of the African diaspora and invite viewers to reflect on the role of monuments in public space. Displayed at Tate Modern alongside a range of works including Metal Handkerchiefs 2019 in a room addressing architecture and the built environment, Himid poses the question: ‘We live in clothes, we live in buildings. Do they fit us?’

© Lubaina Himid

A major highlight of the exhibition will be the presence of sound installations, including Blue Grid Test 2020, created by Himid in collaboration with artist Magda Stawarska-Beavan. Displayed in the UK for the first time, this 25-metre-long painting features 64 patterns from all over the world, each painted a different shade of blue on top of a variety of objects pinned to the gallery walls. Coupled with a sound installation layering instrumental music with Himid’s voice, the work creates a visual and sonic embrace.

The show will culminate in a group of recent paintings and painted objects, which centre on extraordinary moments of everyday life which are rarely portrayed. The series Men in Drawers 2017-19 features tender portraits of imaginary figures inside vintage wooden furniture, while works like Cover the Surface 2019 depict intimate interactions and moments of indecision between men. Himid also continues to explore women’s creativity in her recent paintings, including The Operating Table 2019.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Tate Modern website here

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Exhibition Review: Dürer’s Journeys – Travels of a Renaissance Artist at the National Gallery from 20 November 2021 to 27 February 2022

The National Gallery presents a major exhibition entitled Dürer’s Journeys – Travels of a Renaissance Artist devoted to German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. This is the first significant UK exhibition of the artist’s works in such a wide range of media for nearly twenty years and explores Dürer’s career as a painter, draughtsman and printmaker. Most of the exhibited works are displayed in Britain for the first time.

The exhibition is based on the artists journal of his travels to the Alps and Italy in the mid-1490s; to Venice in 1505–7; and to the Low Countries in 1520–1. These journeys bought him into contact with a number of artists and important people and increased his fame and influence.

In the first room of the exhibition visitors can follow Dürer’s career progress in the years following his return to Nuremberg after travelling to the Alps and Italy in the mid-1490s. His Saint Jerome, about 1496, with its detailed landscape shows the influence of the Italian visit. Also included is the unusual Madonna and Child; Lot and his Daughters about 1496-9.

The second room includes some of Dürer’s early studies from his visit to Venice from 1505 to 1507, highlights of the room are three portraits by Dürer and the painting Christ among the Doctors, 1506,

In room three, includes many of the artist’s best-known engravings, we see Dürer return to Nuremberg, where he was employed by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, before embarking on a journey north to Aachen where the coronation of the new Emperor Charles V was to take place. He also visited the Low Countries in 1520–1.

The fourth room of the exhibition include Portraits, in chalk, charcoal and silverpoint. Dürer’s observations as he sketched people, animals and townscapes are explored in the fifth, which includes sheets from his silverpoint sketchbook.

The artists Dürer met on his travels are well represented such as Giovanni Bellini with his The Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr
about 1505-7.

The final room is devoted to the period in Antwerp, where Dürer became friendly with the Portuguese merchants’ agent Rodrigo de Almada. Dürer painted a striking and innovative image of Saint Jerome, 1521 for Almada.

This fascinating exhibition offers the rare opportunity to explore a wide range of Dürer work and consider how Renaissance artists from Northern Europe differed from their Southern counterparts. Although influenced by the work of Mantegna, Leonardo and Giovanni Bellini, Dürer bought his own unique vision to the human condition and religion. He was more concerned with universal issues and the meaning and conduct of earthly life, rather than the treasures and rewards in heaven. If Leonardo da Vinci is the poster boy of the Southern Renaissance artists, Dürer is considered the archetypal Renaissance artist of Northern Europe with unique skills of observation, technique, painting, printing and drawing.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and tickets, visit the National Gallery website here

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Exhibition Review – Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 20 November 2021 to 8 May 2022

The V&A present a major new exhibition entitled Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution which is the first exhibition devoted to the international prominence of the legendary Russian goldsmith, Carl Fabergé, and the importance of his little-known London branch. The highlight of the exhibition is largest collection of the legendary Imperial Easter Eggs in a generation are on display together, several of which are being shown in the UK for the first time.

The exhibition features over 200 objects across three main sections, the exhibition tells the story of Carl Fabergé, whose internationally recognised firm symbolised Russian craftsmanship and elegance.

The first section of the exhibition highlights the important patronage of the Romanov family. A miniature of the Imperial Regalia, lent by the Hermitage Museum, made for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle illustrates the exquisite craftmanship of Fabergé and how the firm became the official goldsmith to the Imperial family.

Part of this role was to provide a service to many in the Imperial family who gave each other intimate Fabergé gifts, this exhibition features many of these gifts including flowers made from rock crystal, gold and rose-cut diamonds and family portrait miniatures. This section also considers Carl Fabergé’s youth, his travels throughout Europe, and entry into the family firm.

The only known example of solid gold tea service crafted by Fabergé is also on display, one of the most magnificent items to emerge from the firm’s Moscow branch.

The second section of the exhibition tells the story of Fabergé’s time in London, after his success at the 1900 Paris Exposition, Fabergé was keen to expand outside of Russia. Fabergé’s choice of London for its new store was influenced by the fact that Edward VII and Queen Alexandra were already Fabergé collectors and the strong links between the British and Russian Royal Families.

Fabergé developed some of his works to his British clientele. He created hardstone portraits of the farm animals King Edward and Queen Alexandra bred at Sandringham, their favourite country estate, and objects enamelled in The King’s horse racing colours.

Snuffboxes decorated with topographical views, buildings and monuments were also popular. A nephrite cigar box, set with a sepia enamelled view of the Houses of Parliament, was bought by Grand Duke Michael of Russia on 5 November 1908, the day of Guy Fawkes, and given to King Edward VII.

Despite the success, there was a dark cloud on the horizon and the Great War and Russian Revolution provided a sudden and dramatic end to the Fabergé enterprise. In 1917, the Revolution reached Fabergé’s workshops in Russia and its outpost in London ceased to operate.

The final section of the exhibition celebrates the legacy of Fabergé through the iconic Imperial Easter Eggs with a display of 15 of these famous treasures. This is the largest collection on public display for over 25 years. The collection on display includes several that have never before been shown in the UK including the largest Imperial Egg – the Moscow Kremlin Egg.

The Alexander Palace Egg, featuring watercolour portraits of the children of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra – and containing a surprise model of the palace inside. The Tercentenary Egg, created to celebrate 300 years of the Romanov dynasty, only a few years before the dynasty crumbled. Other eggs that feature include the recently rediscovered Third Imperial Egg of 1887, found by a scrap dealer in 2011.

The Peacock Egg of 1907-8, shown on public display for the first time in over a decade, containing a surprise of an enamelled gold peacock automaton

and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Basket of Flowers Egg, lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection is also on display.

This interesting and attractive exhibition provides some insights into the history and legacy of Fabergé. The firm’s popularity amongst the Russian Imperial family and Edwardian high society clientele led to a wide and eclectic range of objects being produced which are still highly prized by collectors especially in Europe and the United States. It is of considerable irony that recently Russians have become significant collectors of Fabergé’s work. The exhibition also illustrates how far removed were some royal families and cosmopolitan elites from the political and social realities of their day. The Russian Imperial family are a classic example of pursuing luxury and excess whilst their country was plunging into despair.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and tickets, visit the V & A website here

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Review: Lord Mayor’s Show 2021 in the City of London – 13th November 2021

The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the oldest and most important traditions of London, its origins go back to 1215 when King John was in trouble with his Barons, he looked to the City of London for support. In 1215 the King was persuaded to issue a Royal Charter that allowed the City of London to elect its own Mayor, but there was an important condition. Every year the newly elected Mayor must leave the safety of the City, travel upriver to the small town of Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown. The Lord Mayor has now made the journey for 800 years, despite plagues and fires and countless wars, and more recently Covid to pledged his (and her) loyalty to 34 kings and queens of England.

For the next few hundred years, the Lord Mayor of London was by far the grandest position to which a commoner could aspire, and the Mayor’s journey was the celebrity spectacle of its day. Over the centuries it grew so splendid and so popular that by the 16th century it was known everywhere as the Lord Mayor’s Show. It features in the plays of Shakespeare, the diaries of Pepys and in the pantomime story of Dick Whittington, who was the Mayor of London three times. In the 20th century the Lord Mayor’s Show was the first outside event ever to be broadcast live and it still attracts a TV audience of millions.

The modern Lord Mayor’s procession is a direct descendant of that first journey to Westminster. The state coach is 250 years old and the show features the City’s businesses, Livery Companies, charities, Her Majesty’s Forces, the City Police and Londoners from all walks of life who come together to enjoy a celebration of the City’s ancient power and prosperity.

This is a procession unlike any other in the world: The 2021 Lord Mayor’s Procession included full-size model elephants, Japanese drummers, a horse-drawn bus, the tallest fire engine in Europe and the Lord Mayor’s State Coach, the oldest ceremonial vehicle in the world still in regular use.

The procession sets off from Mansion House at 11am and was led off by The Band of The Grenadier Guards and the Band of The Coldstream Guards which are two of the oldest military bands.

Some of the highlights of the procession include: China Chamber of Commerce in the UK

Representatives of the modern Livery Companies.

The Bank of England’s float.

Next came, Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London. They first walked at the head of the Lord Mayor’s procession around five hundred years ago.

The many bands provide the music.

The procession marks the first public engagement for the new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Vincent Keaveny. Mr Keaveny, the 693rd Lord Mayor, travelled to the Royal Courts to swear allegiance to the Crown before taking up his role.

The new Lord Mayor is followed by the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers which is a ceremonial unit of the Honourable Artillery Company who provide a ceremonial bodyguard for the Lord Mayor of the City.

The procession lasted for around an hour long and reached the Royal Courts at around 12.30. The return leg left Temple Place at 1.10pm and the tail of the procession arrived back at Mansion House at 2.30.

This eclectic procession is one of the great free shows of the London year, although part of a long tradition, the emphasis is always about fun and spectacle. With marching bands, military personnel, horses, carriages, colourful floats and much more. The Lord Mayor’s Show is one parade that you are never sure what you are going to see next. The dry weather bought out crowds who after enforced lockdowns returned to enjoy the procession.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Exhibition Review- Peru: a journey in time at the British Museum from 11 November 2021 to 20 February 2022

The British Museum presents a major new exhibition entitled Peru: a journey in time that features the rare loan of ancient objects from Peru to the British Museum.

The loan includes over 40 remarkable objects, some dating from over 3,000 years ago from nine museums across Peru. Most of them have never travelled to the UK before. These objects are on display with around 80 other pieces from the British Museum’s collection. This is the first major exhibition the British Museum has ever staged on Peru. It coincides with the 200th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The exhibition ranges from the early culture of Chavin in 1200 BC, up to the fall of the Incas in AD 1532, and explores the rise and fall of six remarkable but little known societies. Peru includes some of most challenging and geographically diverse regions in the world, with landscapes ranging from arid deserts, high mountains across the Andes and tropical forests in the east.

The exhibition is chronological passing through six sections and exploring the past and considering the present. The first section called Living Landscapes, explores the way Andean people have adapted to the difficult environment in the region. To adapt, Andean people have developed belief systems where the natural and supernatural worlds are intimately connected. This is illustrated clearly in the section on Early cultures and the Chavin (1200–500 BC),

The following section looking at life and death in the desert and how the Paracas and Nasca peoples lived and prospered along the south coast of Peru.

The next step on the journey focus on the Moche (AD 100–800) and the Chimu, (AD 1000–1400) who dominated along the coast and inland valleys of northern Peru.

This is followed by a section looking at the two great empires of the highlands of the Central Andes, the Wari (AD 600–900) and Inca (AD 1400–1532).

The exhibition’s journey ends with a look at the Andean legacy, and how the Modern Peru of today combines the cultures, religions and transformations from the past 3,000 years.

Highlights among the objects coming from Peru include a stunning 2,500-year-old gold headdress and pair of ear plates which were part of an elite burial found at the site of Kuntur Wasi, Cajamarca.

Also there is a striking ceremonial drum from around 100 BC – AD 650 featuring a depiction of the capture of defeated enemies in ritual combat, one of the principal scenes of the Nasca people’s worldview.

The oldest object on loan is a ceremonial vessel from the Cupisnique culture, which flourished along what is now Peru’s northern Pacific coast, and is thought to date from up to 1200 BC. It is in the shape of a contorted human body.

This intriguing exhibition reminds visitors that many societies around the world have prospered in less than ideal environments and this isolation often leads to unique societies with interesting belief systems. This exhibition provides considerable insights into Peruvian societies that were closely related to their environment yet believed in the supernatural world of gods and spirits. It also illustrates that these societies were innovative and sophisticated using a series of techniques in engineering, agriculture and textiles to make full use of the limited resources available.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and tickets, visit the British Museum website here

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Book Review – London Explored: by Peter Dazeley and Mark Daly (Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd)

From the authors of the very successful Unseen London, London Uncovered, we have London Explored, a new book that explores some of London’s lesser known institutions, buildings, homes, shops, museums and attractions, together with new perspectives of well known and well visited locations across the capital. Award winning photographer Peter Dazeley and writer Mark Daly illustrate and tell some of the remarkable stories behind more than sixty of the capital’s most fascinating locations.

Clermont Casino staircase ©Peter Dazeley – Photographs from Peter Dazeley’s book, London Explored.

The various sections of the book are divided into geographical areas including Westminster & West End, West London, Looking East, Further Afield, South of the River, and the City & Clerkenwell.

The Powder Room at Annabels ©Peter Dazeley – Photographs from Peter Dazeley’s book, London Explored.

The section on Westminster & West End begins with a trip to the upmarket Annabel’s nightclub and private members club in Berkeley Square. It is safe to say the décor in the club is not understated with almost every surface populated by wild and exotic animals and plants. This garish wonderland finds it bizarreness reaching the upper limits in the Ladies powder room.

Libertys Exterior ©Peter Dazeley – Photographs from Peter Dazeley’s book, London Explored.

From the ridiculous to the sublime with a trip to John Snow Water Pump and Tower Lifeboat Station which celebrate the saving of lives. Other highlights of this section is the Art and Craft splendour of the Liberty department store, the great monolith to transport which is 55 Broadway, the eccentric Grant Museum of Zoology and the inner workings of master gunmakers, James Purdey & Sons Ltd.

Ace Cafe Reunion Weekend ©Peter Dazeley – Photographs from Peter Dazeley’s book, London Explored.

West London takes the reader into the often strange history of the Natural History Museum, the mysterious Windrush Car Storage, stopping for a drink at Fuller’s Griffin Brewery and Sipsmith Distillery, consumerism delight at the Museum of Brands and motorbiker’s mecca The Ace Cafe.

Gods Own Junk Yard ©Peter Dazeley – Photographs from Peter Dazeley’s book, London Explored.

Looking East explores the old with House Mill and the Old Royal Naval College and the new with the neon heaven of God’s Own Junkyard and the hip Strongroom Studios.

Garricks Temple to Shakespeare ©Peter Dazeley – Photographs from Peter Dazeley’s book, London Explored.

Further Afield moves beyond Central London to some of the delights of suburbia, literary figures are referenced by Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare, Keats House and Pope’s Grotto. Discover the story of The Metropolitan Police Historic Vehicle Collection and wallow in wartime nostalgia at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger.

Raqib Shaw, The Salon, at the Sausage Factory ©Peter Dazeley – Photographs from Peter Dazeley’s book, London Explored.

The section entitled South of the River ranges from the sporting history of the Kia Oval, the strange story of the OXO tower, the unusual London Sewing Machine Museum, the quirky Raqib Shaw’s Sausage Factory and the remarkable and largely unknown Crystal Palace Subway.

Interior of Lloyds ©Peter Dazeley – Photographs from Peter Dazeley’s book, London Explored.

The City & Clerkenwell visits some of the grand attractions of the City of London like St Paul’s Cathedral, Guildhall Yard, Lloyd’s of London and Leadenhall Market. The journalist’s favourite watering hole, El Vino, new attraction London Mithraeum and the grand Drapers Hall also make an appearance.

The Dome St Pauls Cathederal ©Peter Dazeley – Photographs from Peter Dazeley’s book, London Explored.

After the recent lockdowns, this is the type of book that inspires its readers to put on their walking boots and get back into the capital and look again at old favourite locations and discover some of the exciting new locations featured in the book.

The quest for the hidden or unusual locations in the capital has become a a growing genre in London books in recent years but what sets this book apart from its many rivals are the stunning and lavish photographs of Peter Dazeley and the entertaining informative text from Mark Daly. This attractive and fascinating book will appeal to Londoners and visitors who like to look beyond the main attractions and find those strange, unusual, beautiful and historic locations that make London a city that endlessly delights and surprises.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and to buy book, visit the Publishers website here

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Review: Freud Museum in London

The Freud Museum in London is a museum dedicated to Sigmund Freud and is located in the house where Freud lived with his family during the last year of his life. The house was built in 1920 in the leafy suburbs of Hampstead.

It was in 1938, when Freud escaped the Nazi annexation of Austria and came to London via Paris, and stayed for a short while at Elsworthy Road before moving to 20 Maresfield Gardens, where the museum is situated. The Freuds moved many of their furniture and household effects to London. There are Biedermeier chests, tables and cupboards, and a collection of 18th century and 19th century Austrian painted country furniture.

The museum owns Freud’s collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Oriental antiquities, and his personal library.

The highlight of the museum is Freud’s psychoanalytic couch, which had been given to him by one of his patients in 1890. Freud continued his work in London and maintained his practice in this home and used the couch when he saw a number of his patients for analysis.

Another couch in the study is where Freud died at Maresfield Gardens.

The ground floor of the museum houses Freud’s study, library, hall and the dining room. The study and library were preserved by Anna Freud after her father’s death. The bookshelf behind Freud’s desk contains some of his favourite authors such as Goethe, Shakespeare, Heine, Multatuli and Anatole France. The library contains various pictures hung as Freud arranged them; these include ‘Oedipus and the Riddle of the Sphinx’ and ‘The Lesson of Dr Charcot’ plus a number of photographs.

The small museum shop is on ground floor which leads into the quiet and tranquil garden where you can admire the house and the surroundings.

After Freud died, the house remained in his family until his youngest daughter Anna Freud, who became a pioneer of child therapy, died in 1982. It was Anna Freud’s wish that after her death that the house would be converted into a museum. The museum was opened to the public in 1986.

The first floor of the museum has Anna Freud’s room which includes items from her life, a video room, and exhibition room which hosts contemporary art and Freud-themed exhibitions.

Although the museum through its history and collections pays tribute to the work of Sigmund and Anna Freud, it encourages debate in a number of areas with an extensive events, conferences, outreach and education programmes.

Psychoanalysis was one of the major psychological breakthroughs of the 20th century, and even critics would have to concede that Sigmund Freud was one of the most important thinkers of the period.

This fascinating and attractive museum provides some insights into the work of Sigmund and Anna Freud, the quiet suburban house and garden is a perfect place to explore their ideas which questioned how ‘civilised’ we really are ? Freud’s famous and iconic psychoanalytic couch is the highlight of a collection that would appeal to wide range of people who perhaps would like to find out more about Freud and his ideas.

Address

Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens,
London NW3 5SX

Nearest Tube

Finchley Road
(Metropolitan and Jubilee lines)
5 minute walk

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and tickets, visit the Freud museum website here

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Animal Therapy: the Cats of Louis Wain at Bethlem Museum of the Mind from 4 December 2021 to April 2022

A new exhibition will explore the life and work of an artist who found fame by drawing cats and whose body of work is an illustration of the links between animals and human wellbeing. Animal Therapy: the Cats of Louis Wain will run from 4 December 2021 to April 2022 at Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Admission to the exhibition and Museum is free.

The museum at Bethlem Royal Hospital, the world’s oldest psychiatric hospital, Bethlem Museum of the Mind celebrates the lives and achievements of those living with mental ill-health. The Museum, in Beckenham, southeast London, occupies the hospital’s original 1930s administration building.

100 years ago, Louis Wain (1860-1939) was a household name. His cats were instantly recognisable and appeared constantly in books, magazines, on postcards and in his very popular annuals. Long considered eccentric by many, as Wain aged his mental health deteriorated and he was admitted to Springfield Hospital. Once people became aware of his circumstances, a public campaign saw Wain moving to the more salubrious surroundings of Bethlem Royal Hospital. While there, Louis Wain remained accomplished and prolific, producing many of the gleeful, contented, often outlandish and fantastical cats which will feature in the exhibition.

Pictures from the Museum’s collection will combine with private collections to present a comprehensive new exploration of the style of Louis Wain. Among the exhibition highlights are works that show the ways in which Wain portrayed animals – the intricate A Cricket Catastrophe (with cats in a scene of great commotion); Patent Cork Screws (an experimental, abstract sketch of cats as corkscrews); Dog’s Head (showing his skill at drawing animals with accuracy); and Three White Cats and Tub, which differs in style so much from Wain’s other cats that there have been suggestions that it could be a fake. Also notable is The Village, a pencil sketch from the 1880s, which may not be instantly recognisable as a Louis Wain work, but which reflects the peace that he found in the countryside.

The exhibition will also include Cats’ Christmas, Carol Singing Cats and Cats with Plum Pudding – which Wain painted directly on to mirrors, as part of Christmas festivities at Bethlem. These extraordinary works remained within the Hospital when Wain left it in 1930 and have long been a prized part of the Museum’s collections.

The work Wain produced while in hospital can be viewed as a powerful example of the therapeutic and restorative effect that closeness with animals can have on human mental health. An 1860 Illustrated London News article about Bethlem Royal Hospital stated, ‘In the centre of the gallery wall there is a complete aviary full of joyously-carolling birds; and these little songsters seem to possess much power in raising the sometimes drooping spirits and soothing the troubled minds of the unhappy persons who dwell here.’ And ‘there is the same fondness manifested for pet birds and animals, cats, canaries, squirrels, greyhounds. [Some patients] pace the long gallery incessantly, pouring out their woes to those who will listen to them, or, if there are none to listen, to the dogs and cats.’

The exhibition opens around a month ahead of the UK cinema release of Will Sharpe’s forthcoming film The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, which follows Louis Wain (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, as he seeks to unlock the ‘electrical’ mysteries of the world. In so doing, Wain hopes to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy). The film’s impressive ensemble supporting cast includes Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Sharon Rooney, Aimee Lou Wood, Hayley Squires, Stacy Martin, Phoebe Nicholls, Adeel Akhtar, Asim Chaudhry, Richard Ayoade, Julian Barratt, Sophia di Martino, Taika Waititi, Nick Cave, and Olivia Colman.

Exhibition and Museum Information

Animal Therapy: the Cats of Louis Wain
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX
Dates: 4 December 2021 – April 2022. Admission is free. Opening hours: 10am to 5pm,

Nearest Train Stations: Eden Park (30 mins from London Bridge), followed by a 15 min walk or 356 bus
(towards Shirley – The Bethlem Royal Hospital stop).
East Croydon (15 mins from London Victoria), followed by 119 bus (towards Bromley – Shirley Baptist
Church stop) or 198 (towards Shrublands – Monks Orchard Road stop).

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Exhibition Review: Hogarth and Europe at Tate Britain from 3 November 2021 to 20 March 2022

Tate Britain presents a major exhibition entitled Hogarth and Europe which explores the satirical depictions of 18th century England by William Hogarth (1697-1764). The exhibition places Hogarth in his historical context by comparisons with continental contemporaries.

The exhibition features many of Hogarth’s best-known paintings and prints, such as Marriage A-la-Mode 1743, The Gate of Calais 1748 and Gin Lane 1751, alongside works by famous European artists, including Jean-Siméon Chardin in Paris, Pietro Longhi in Venice, and Cornelis Troost in Amsterdam.

The exhibition features over 60 of Hogarth’s works, brought together from private and public collections around Europe and North America. Hogarth more than anyone caught the spirit of the age with his depictions of the enormous contrast of luxury and poverty.

Hogarth was influenced by 17th century Italian and Dutch paintings, however unlike many of his influences, he began to show the seedy and immoral side of urban life. In the 1730s he began his ‘modern moral series’: narratives charting the rise and fall of everyday characters corrupted by immorality and vice. Hogarth and Europe showcases these celebrated series, including A Rake’s Progress 1734.

The exhibition illustrates that cities became the background to enormous change all across Europe, showing the bustling London streets of Hogarth’s Southwark Fair 1733 and The March of the Guards to Finchley 1749-50 together with depictions of Étienne Jeaurat’s Paris and Longhi’s Venice.

Artists began to ply there trade in different countries, the exhibition features two pictures of London life by Canaletto.

The 18th century was a time of considerable turmoil in Europe, the old order was beginning to break down and opportunity and innovation attracted many into the cities. Hogarth casts his net wide and criticises the rich and the poor. The new heights of luxury emerged with extreme poverty in cities laid bare the great inequalities. European countries were not only exploiting their own populations but exploited colonies overseas.

Against the backdrop of this changing world, artists like Hogarth pioneered a new painting of modern life, revealing the pleasures and dangers of this brave new world. Hogarth was not only a moralist but also an entrepreneur making a fortune from his paintings and prints.

The 18th century also saw greater informality in portraiture, the exhibition ends in a room focusing on such pictures, including David Garrick with his Wife c.1757-64, Miss Mary Edwards 1742, a painting not seen in the UK for over a century. Other highlights include paintings of his sisters Mary and Anne Hogarth, as well as Heads of Six of Hogarth’s Servants c.1750-55.

This fascinating exhibition places Hogarth in an international context and explores the artist’s often contradictory career. It has always been difficult to pigeon hole Hogarth, his interest in morals was obvious, yet he seemed to enjoy his celebrity status as a bawdy satirist. He was not a reformer because he was often quite conservative in his views. In many ways, Hogarth reflected the age he lived in which looked to the past but enjoyed the many benefits and pleasures of the chaotic new world.

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