Tag: London

London may not be able to compete with Venice, or even Birmingham, for total number of bridges, but in terms of quality, London has some of the most famous and most beautiful bridges traversing the Thames. Here are some facts on the oldest, the furthest and most famous crossings illustrated with images from the Bridgeman collection. The oldest one Old London Bridge in 1745 by…

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Make your way down to G-West Gallery in London Greenwich this month to see the first solo art exhibition by Lubna Speitan, one of Bridgeman’s brilliant Studio Artists.   Contemporary painter Lubna, who has a background in Graphic Design, is best known for her distinctive London nightscapes. With delicately applied ink, oils and acrylic, the artist creates a dramatic play between dark skies and shimmering street lights. These ghostly…

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The Queen’s Art Collection

Posted by Published on March 8, 2017

The Royal Collection is the art collection of the British Royal Family and one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, spanning over 500 years of history. Discover stories behind some of the paintings that can be viewed in the royal palaces.   The Nubian Giraffe by Jacques-Laurent Agasse The giraffe in this painting was one of three giraffes given as gifts by…

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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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Since its creation over 150 years ago, the London underground network has expanded to service 270 stations, becoming the second largest metro system in the world and establishing some of the most iconic and recognisable designs of the 21st century. Over the years the London Underground has certainly had an eventful history, and now it is expected to transform London and the transport industry even further with…

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November 5th, 2010. A freezing street in Lewes, East Sussex. A banger thrown by an inappropriately tiny child explodes between my feet (I lose composure), heralding the arrival of the annual Guy Fawkes’ Night parade, which is a really big deal here. It is suddenly very hot and dangerous, there are effigies and burning crosses, people in blackface drag barrels of flaming tar past our…

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There is something incredibly intimate about looking into someone’s sketchbooks, a raw, naked exposure into the mind of an individual. This was the feeling that I had when I was invited to the National Portrait Gallery for a private viewing (and breakfast) at the Lucian Freud sketchbook exhibition, and I loved it.  Walking into the exhibition space it was nice to actually have some, space that is!…

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8 May 1945 was Victory in Europe (VE) Day, and it marked the formal conclusion of Hitler’s war. Celebrations erupted throughout the world, captured by newsreel footage and photographers. The final document of unconditional surrender was signed at General Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims on 7 May. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and King George VI wanted Monday 7 May to be VE Day, but in…

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9 September 2015 marked a historic landmark for the nation, as Queen Elizabeth became the longest reigning monarch in British history. In doing so, she broke the record held for over a century by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months. The beloved Queen has had an extraordinary lifetime devoted to public service, and also celebrated her 90th birthday in April 2016. June…

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Fine art at the movies

Posted by Published on October 16, 2015

We highlight images from the Bridgeman archive that have been licensed for several 2014-15 blockbusters and award-winners, used for set dressing and more 1. Cinderella (March 2015) This was a big, $95 million (£64 million) production for Disney. Kenneth Branagh sets his version in the early 19th century and mostly sticks to the story depicted in the cartoon, that itself draws much from the classic version…

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