The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman

By other museum staff on 21 May 2012

In the run up to our Alternative Diamond Jubilee event at the Museum of London Docklands, David Waller, author of The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman looks at the extraordinary career of Eugen Sandow Eugen Sandow (1867-1925) is now almost totally forgotten by the broader public by whom he was once adored. The man who rose from humble origins in Prussia to become internationally famous as the literal embodiment of masculine perfection, a century ago the possessor of the most famous male body in the world, lay for more than eighty years in […]

So then Jennifer, you’d like to know a little more about Steampunk?

By other museum staff on 14 May 2012

Victorian hip hop artist, Professor Elemental, takes us through a brief history of Steampunk in advance of his performance at The alternative Diamond Jubilee at the Museum of London Docklands on Thursday 31 May.

Martin Scorcese is doing it, Justin Beiber had a bit of it and Philip Pullman is riddled with it. It’s Steampunk. Pretty much what all the kids are into these days. Well, not these days exactly, more in Victorian days…make-believe Victorian days.

Pictures at an Exhibition

By beatrice behlen on 17 Aug 2011

Last weekend I went to an exhibition of works by the Victorian painter Sir John Gilbert (1817-1897) at the Guildhall Art Gallery, which I enjoyed much more than expected. Below is one of the works, a large watercolour showing a scene from Dickens’ Bleak House with the enormously long title: Miss Flyte introduces the Wards in Jarndyce to Krook, the Lord Chancellor.

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