Today I had a day out with Joan... we kicked off with a visit to the Mall Galleries to see the annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, including works by some of my favourites - Shirley Trevena, Lillias August, Bill Toop and many more. From there we took a Tube (how I loathe the London Underground LOL) to the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the famous golden cloak made from the silk of the golden orb spider - A stunning piece of work and I am glad I got to see it before it goes on its travels. There is a video about it here: http://vimeo.com/35892706
After that we went to the Imperial War Museum because I really wanted to see a particular artwork, entitled Gassed by John Singer Sargent. Here it is:
Well this is part of it, it is a HUGE painting, 20ft long. Very moving... and a bonus of making the effort of going to see it was that I also got to see some sketches the artist made in preparation for making the painting:
And I also saw this very moving portrait:
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It was a tiring but really worthwhile day, and nice to catch up with Joan again! here she is on the Tube on the way home: