Sunday, 17 April 2011


I visited "The Cult of Beauty" at the V&A today which features this painting by Leighton.  The Aesthetic Movement influenced many areas of design including interiors, architecture, fashion and the decorative arts. 

Alongside paintings, the exhibition draws together prints, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and furniture.  Many of the interiors are in a colour palette of  sludgy greens, punctuated by intense peacock and china blue. 

I liked the detailed etchings by Whistler, architectural drawings by Godwin and beautifully painted fan that is "autographed" by different artists.

Upstairs is "Picturing Plants" an exhibition of different styles and techniques used in botannical illustration.

"Linden" by Henry Bradbury, 1854 was made by pressing the plant between soft sheets of copper and steel producing an embossed nature print.