Victoria & Albert

I have spent a pleasant part of two days at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The collection is largely the fine and decorative arts.  They hold splendid collections of Asian art. The finest Chinese collection I have seen thus far.  For those who know me know that I have a keen appreciation of the oriental aesthetic so I had a relaxing time browsing and drinking a pot of tea mid-afternoon.

I will post various parts of my exploration. Today I was very taken by the extraordinary collection of textiles particularly the tapestries. The glory of the collection are the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries. These are a set of tapestries that hung at Hardwick House until the taxes upon the death of the 10th Duke of Devonshire forced the Duke’s heir’s to give the House and contents to the nation in lieu of taxes.

Amazing detail and in good condition but I wonder what they looked like before fading. At any rate really a joy to see. I think of all the hunters back in Tennesse and Mississippi and how much the chase has and has not changed.