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Y2D174 and lobbies

I had a little waiting time in the hotel lobby this morning, until my cousin arrived for our day out and about in Milan. We went to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus at the Biblioteca Pinacoteca Accademia Ambrosiana, now my most favourite place in Milan. Partly for the superb mosaic stairway in Sala 12 (dell’Esedra) but mostly because we both adored the library which housed the Codex exhibition. If I could take that home I would. After a late lunch, my cousin took me for gelato at Cioccolat by the Duomo, which we then had to walk off….a delicious but naughty treat! Not sure where dinner is yet, but I am sure it will involve more waiting in the lobby before I’m collected.


Y2D171 and goodbyes

Today is my last day in London, for the foreseeable future at least. Tomorrow I am on a plane to Milan, and other than an overnight stay next Tuesday, I won’t be back here any time soon. So what better way to spend my last day than with friends enjoying the V&A cafe in all its glory.


As I will be travelling for the next five weeks, my posts will be a little sporadic, so please bear with me until I get a more permanent base….and wifi.

Y2D26 and quiet spots

It was a bit of a dreary day today, so I spent the afternoon having a gallery-fest. First to the Jerwood Space to see the drawing prize before it closed tomorrow. Then onto the Guildhall Art Gallery for a bit of fun in Victoriana exhibition, and viewing the items from the collection in the Portraits 2013 exhibition. Finally around the corner to the Museum of London to see their fabulous Cheapside Hoard display. I had to have rest after all that walking and cultures, just a little time out in a quiet spot to breath again.



Day 202 and aesthetic homes

Today I utilised the good weather and made for Kensington and a couple of artist homes that are now run as museum’s by the local council. The first was Leighton House Museum, and as the name suggestions, the home of Frederick, Lord Leighton who built it as his home and studio in the 1860s. The Arab Hall extension is exquisite, though all the rooms are just divine and I would die for the studio room, so large and light. Utter home-envy!

After Leighton, I spend half an hour sketching in Holland Park, just watching the locals go by with their dogs. Apparently bulldogs are favoured there by at least half the walkers. Then it was a hop, skip and a jump to 18 Stafford Terrace, home of Edward Linley Sambourne. This terrace house is essentially as they had decorated it, and has a wealth of Morris and worked leather wallpapers, plus gorgeous stain glass windows. We were shown around the house by a guide dressed as Mrs Sambourne, though with our group of 14 we were quite crowded in the very Victorian rooms.

Today’s pic is from the former, as I could not take any photos, I spend two hours sketching all the rooms. As usually, I always go for the glimpse and this is one of the Silk Room through a doorway.


Day 153 and doorways

Up early today to catch a train to Cambridge. I wanted to see the Quentin Blake exhibit at the Fitzwilliam Museum ( before it closed. Besides, I haven’t been to Cambridge so I’m always up to going somewhere new. The Fitzwilliam Museum is a lovely place, excellent collection of artworks that I really only briefly explored. There are many wonderful painting and prints, and the temporary exhibits were interesting. I found the pieces in the contemporary Chinese ceramics and beautiful and fascinating as Sir Quentin’s illustrations.

I followed the visit to the museum with a bit of art shopping at a treasure trove of a store called Primavera. Four ceramic pieces and a pair of silver/bronze earrings later I was spent, both in terms of cash, time and energy. This was the last thing I drew today, which in the museum, taking a ten minute breather before going out. I do like a doorway.


Day 140 and fans

Yes, I know that this is quite removed from the subject of this post but that is my esteemed sibling’s fault. He said I should be drawing fans, as I went to the Fan Museum in Greenwich today, but kitties are so much more fun.


The fan museum had some lovely art, both made up and as paper, with old and “new” examples. There was also a section explaining how they were made…and who knew there was a guild of fan makers? See, always learning something new. But, the fans were a little too intricate for me to attempt, and as we did not hang around Greenwich, there was no sketching the general scene…besides, I forgot to take my new sketchbook with me. So it’s kitty photos tonight instead.

Day 132 and garrets

I am not a starving artist nor does my house does have a garret so I have to borrow someone’s else if I want to play the part. Where better to borrow a garret than Dr Johnson’s House (, a fabulous gem of a museum hiding in a little court behind Fleet Street.

The museum is over four floors, the top being the garret where he wrote the famous dictionary. Though I’m not quite sure the purpose of the ladder…for when Casanova comes to visit, perhaps?


Day 104 and people-watching

I may have previously mentioned before that I come from a long line of people-watchers, that, in the sketching business, does come in quite handy. Whether it be six pages in an airport, four pages in a coffee shop, five pages in the British Museum or four pages on the train, it can only mean one thing…I have three pages left in the current sketchbook. Hooray!


This blue lady is from the train home after a lunch-time visit to the British Museum.

Day 35 and Glasgow

Today I finally visited Glasgow, being only a short train ride from Edinburgh. They have certainly been rejuvenating the city, and it has an excellent collection of art galleries and museum.

I only had time for two today, the Hunterian Art Gallery and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The former is home to the Mackintosh House, a beautiful reassembled collection of rooms that were at one time in Charles and Margaret’s residence. The latter is a gallery and museum set in a beautiful building catering for the inquisitive, young and old. I only had time to see a fraction of their respective collections, so will have to make another trip at some stage.

Following is a little sketch of some of the galleries in the Hunterian

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