Month: February 2017

Account Manager Flora Spens discusses the top trends for interiors, homeware, fashion and products coming up for Spring and Summer.   Flamingos Flamingos are gliding back into the limelight for 2017. These exotic pink birds, known for their elegant postures and beautiful bright feathers are everywhere from textiles, candles, wallpaper, to smart lampshades, cushions and striking artworks. Stunning coral coloured prints using flamingos in surface…

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Women’s Roles during World War I

Posted by Published on February 24, 2017

To commemorate the part women played in the ‘Great War’, we bring you images and footage from the Bridgeman archive. Women at their workplaces Before the outbreak of WWI, the role of women mainly involved looking after their households and fulfilling domestic chores. With their husbands leaving for the front, many new job opportunities arose. Women started to work as military caregivers, nurses or took…

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The London Metropolitan Archive

Posted by Published on February 23, 2017

The London Metropolitan Archive contains almost half a million extraordinary photographs and footage covering the history and topography of London, particularly the central London area. Mostly taken for official purposes for the London County Council and Greater London Council, the LMA collection prominently features subjects such as schools, housing estates, churches, parks, cinemas, theatres, hospitals, pubs and areas of war damage, dating from 1067 to the present day. Explore our…

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Capturing Saint Petersburg

Posted by Published on February 22, 2017

Step back in time through photography to Russia’s heart of culture on the brink of revolution. Early 20th-century Saint Petersburg depicts a divided city. On the one hand its inhabitants appeared to live a carefree life of  bourgeois pleasures, on the other hand there were demonstrations, destruction and revolts. Contemporary snapshots all capture a grand, booming city on the brink of violent political unrest. Between its founding in…

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Top 5 composers of the 20th Century

Posted by Published on February 21, 2017

2017 and 2018 sees anniversaries from some of the greats in 20th century classical music, with the centenary of Debussy’s death and the 150th anniversary of Arturo Toscanini’s birth.  With these important anniversaries approaching, why not take a look at our profiles of five of the most influential composers and conductors of the 20th century. Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) French composer, considered…

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Let’s honour the female movers and shakers in the world; the inspirational women who made their mark and led society closer to realising that the view of a male dominated world is an outdated one. From the pioneers of science and medicine to the social and political influencers, here’s my pick of some of the first women to accomplish various feats of greatness:   690: First (and…

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Mucha: The Allure of the Poster

Posted by Published on February 19, 2017

Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) made his name in fin de siècle Paris,  where he shot to fame after designing the first masterpiece of Art Nouveau poster design for the actress Sarah Bernhardt – so popular that the posters were stolen off the streets by the enchanted public. Mucha believed passionately that art was an essential benefit to humanity and that it should be seen…

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“Spring is when life’s alive in everything.” – Christina Rossetti The world wakes up again in the Spring; plants shoot and buds bloom, birds are chirping again and the air loses Winter’s icy chill. It’s the season of renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation, all of which are themes explored in artworks inspired by the period from throughout history. Explore Bridgeman’s pick of the most famous paintings…

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Sidney Nolan’s Burke & Wills series

Posted by Published on February 16, 2017

The late, great, Sir Sidney Nolan, one of Australia’s most prominent artists, marks several anniversaries in 2017.  This year sees both the centenary year of the artist’s birth and the 25th anniversary of his death.  To celebrate the life of the internationally acclaimed artist, immerse yourself in Nolan’s Australia, through the Nolan’s Burke & Wills series.   Burke & Wills Nolan’s inspiration came from a fateful expedition in 1860,…

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Lee Campbell Art Exhibition

Posted by Published on February 15, 2017

Visit Bridgeman Studio artist Lee Campbell’s solo show at The Baxter Gallery, Kingston Grammar School in London Lee Campbell has been showing her colourful paintings nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Her works particularly embrace the hazy atmosphere of England’s landscapes and its haunting, misty mornings. She seeks a variety of challenging settings to paint in and thus depicts diverse subject matters, from ballet shoes…

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