Archive for January 10th, 2005

The Royal Academy, London.

A pleasant way to spend an overcast Sunday afternoon is a visit to the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London W1; approximately half way between Picadilly Circus and Green Park.

Yesterday we went to see a three month exhibition of William Nicholson, British Painter and Printmaker who was born in 1872 and died in 1949.

The Gold Jug – Loaned by HM Queen Elizabeth II – photo by Andrew Taylor

The exhibition opened on the 30th October last year and ends on the 23rd January. An exhibition well worth seeing. Apart from his famous minimalistic portraits – I loved the one of Sarah Bernhardt – his paintings of gold, silver, pewter and glass objects were excellent! I have heard it is particularly difficult to get realistic gold and silver effects using oils.

From a RA leaflet: “William Nicholson was renowned for his remarkably intense still-life, highly inventive portraits and strikingly minimalist landscapes that prefigure the sparse imagery of his son Ben, one of Britain’s foremost modernist painters. Including many works that have rarely been seen in this country, the exhibition includes designs for books and the stage, and examples of the woodcuts which established him at the forefront of the international print revival in the 1890s.”

Pam and I are “Friends of the Royal Academy” and you can join for £50 for a single person, or £77 for a couple. Each category is £10 extra if you don’t pay by Direct Debit.

Here is what their website says about Friends

“There are more than 85,000 Friends around the world. Why not join us today?

A Friends’ subscription gives you, an adult guest and four family children aged under 16 free entry to exhibitions during normal hours, with no queuing for tickets.

As a Friend of the Royal Academy you can:

  • Visit our exhibitions for free all year round — and save time too by avoiding ticket queues
  • Share your enjoyment by bringing an adult guest and up to four family children — at no extra charge
  • See it first — by visiting each exhibition at special Friends’ previews before the exhibition opens to the public
  • Keep up to date — by reading the quarterly RA magazine which highlights exhibitions at home and abroad
  • Relax in the Friends Room and enjoy a drink or anything from a snack to a meal in the new Shenkman Room
  • Gain new insights — by taking advantage of our extensive programme of special Friends’ Events and Tours
  • Every Friend is entitled to buy one additional Guest facility at a cost of £7″

Another advantage is that if you have to meet a friend or business colleague in the West End of London, the special friends lounge is a nice place to go for coffee and a quiet chat. In addition to this lounge and tea room, there is a small restaurant for light lunches (noon to 3:00pm) and afternoon teas (3:30-5:00pm). Called the Belle Shenkman Room, this is only for Friends and supporters of the Royal Academy of Arts and is approached via the Friends lounge.

This restaurant offers waiter service in an contemporary environment. Lunches are freshly prepared using predominantly British seasonal ingredients including traditional cheeses, smoked trout and potted shrimp. Wines are carefully selected and are available by the glass or bottle. Freshly squeezed juices are also available. Afternoon teas of scones and clotted cream, smoked salmon or cucumber sandwiches will keep you going until suppertime!.

The link below my sign-out will take you to the Royal Academy website.


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