A Romance Writer Goes to London: Day 2 – The Victoria & Albert Museum (part 7 in a series)

A beautiful writing table
A beautiful writing table – I can easily imagine one of my characters sitting here.

We’re nearly getting to the point of Throwback Thursday status, since I’m chronicling a trip that took place nearly half a year ago. I’m good with that – it’s a joy to get to relive the experience through sharing it with you.

After checking out Westminster Abbey, I headed over to the gigantic Victoria & Albert Museum, which heralds itself the world’s greatest museum of art and design. I was excited to visit the Regency-related exhibits, to see household items one would have had in the Regency era (well, OK, ones which the wealthier folk would have possessed, I’m guessing).

Regency chair showing the Egyptian influence common in the period
Regency chair showing the Egyptian influence common in the period.

It didn’t disappoint. The biggest challenge was trying to see everything in the couple of hours I had before I was due to meet up with the husband. I failed in that there is NO WAY one can take in everything this museum has to offer–even when your area of interest is relatively narrow–in such a short time. I was dismayed later to realize I had entirely missed the Regency era clothing in the fashion displays. Ratzy fratzy.

I lingered over the furniture, which didn’t surprise me. I’ve always loved furniture, particularly that made out of solid wood in classical styles. Gleaming cherry wood tables, beautiful oak chairs, mahogany trunks – oh yeah.

Oh, to have a library like this!
Oh, to have a library like this!

VAregclassicismI also snapped pictures of several of the helpful description panels because hey, why not?

I made a mad dash through the silver exhibits before admitting foot exhaustion and mental overload and headed back down the road to the hotel. One bonus: I walked by Harrod’s! Never made it in, though…

I was grateful for a brief respite in the hotel before dragging my husband out for another Regency walk. Details on that coming up in the next exciting installment, tentatively entitled, “Wife Goes Into Tizzy Over Regency Buildings No Longer in Existence While Husband Becomes Convinced Wife Has Photographed Every Building In London.”

Until then…here are some additional photos from the day:

Beautiful table items
Beautiful table items.
A cheese toaster
A cheese toaster. My daughter The Cheese Addict would need this.
A side table
A side table.
Regency era buttons
Regency era buttons.
An artist's supply box
An artist’s supply box.
A gaming table - perhaps for chess. Seems small for cards
A gaming table – perhaps for chess. Seems small for cards.
Sewing box.
Sewing box.
An elaborate green chair. Perhaps fit for a duke?
An elaborate green chair. Perhaps fit for a duke?
A gorgeous table from 1769 that a future character must own.
A gorgeous table from 1769 that a future character must own.
A table set for Regency dinner.
A table set for Regency dinner.
A marble stool. Beautiful - but I can't imagine it being comfy
A marble stool. Beautiful – but I can’t imagine it being comfy!

 

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