In the run up to the opening of At Home with the Queen on 25 May, participant, Miles Landesman, tells us about the history of his Queen memorabilia (The Queen by artist Graham Dean) and what it means to him. I first saw The Queen, by artist Graham Dean, at Nicholas Treadwell‘s art gallery in 1975. At that time Treadwell was promoting Superhumanism amongst the artists working for him. Superhumanism defines any work that is urban and unorthodox, be it angry, humorous, quirky, or ironic. My father, Jay Landesman, was a man who appreciated unusual art. He bought the painting […]
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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.
A starring role for the Suffragette collection
As curator of the museum’s wonderful Suffragette collection I often welcome ‘important’ visitors to the archive, captivated by the story of the women who endured imprisonment, hunger-strike and even force-feeding in their battle to win the vote.
Miss Levy’s Wedding Dress
This whole thing started a few years ago when a wedding dress came up at auction. Not being a wedding dress swooner I could nevertheless think of quite a few (entirely rational) reasons why the museum should acquire this particular example. For one thing it was made by Victor Stiebel, one of my favourite London couturiers. Secondly, we do not have enough of his creations (one never does) and they do not come up at auction very often. The dress also had an intriguing mystery inscription. We will get to that in a moment.