In the run up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, our Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Pat Hardy, tells us more about a rather timely acquisition into the Museum’s collections. One of the delights of being an art curator is when people offer paintings to the Museum as a gift. It is an act of pure goodwill; there are often no tax advantages or conditions attached. They simply think that the work should be kept for future generations in the Museum of London so that others, apart from their own family, can enjoy and appreciate it. It’s even better when […]
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
Rhinestones and Nylon Net
Ever since watching The King and I (1956 version) at a very impressionable age, I have been rather fond of dancing (and crinolines – but that’s another story). My grandmothers and I spent many happy hours marvelling at the clothes, hairstyles and make-up of the participants in the World Championships broadcast on television.
Christina Broom: A pioneering photographer
It is almost a year now since I first laid eyes on an extraordinary private collection of photographs by Christina Broom.