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The Queen’s House, Greenwich

So…

Today we visited Greenwich for our second class with Andrew (read here), and our first stop was the Painted Hall (read here). Our next stop was the Queen’s House, more specifically the display of Yinka Shonibare. Along the way we also saw the Observatory, but I had no plans to climb that hill!

The Queen's House

The Queen’s House

the entrance sign

the entrance sign

The Observatory (no way was I climbing that hill)

The Observatory (no way was I climbing that hill)

The Queen’s House is a 17th century royal villa, designed by classical architect Inigo Jones. The house was designed for Anne of Denmark, wife of James I, in 1616. Their son Charles I gave it to his wife Henrietta Maria, who saw it finished around 1635.

The Queen's House

The Queen’s House

white-card model

white-card model

Fortunately, we were allowed to take photos of the works on display. I took a lot of photos but decided to upload some of my favorite pieces. The reasoning behind Yinka Shonibare’s “Fake Death Pictures” was that he wanted to “illustrate the deeds, loves and fame of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson”, and his pictures depict alternate ends to Nelson’s life.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, 'The Fake Death Pictures'

Yinka Shonibare MBE, ‘The Fake Death Pictures’

Nelson's Jacket (the famous Trafalgar uniform in Dutch wax)

Nelson’s Jacket (the famous Trafalgar uniform in Dutch wax)

Fake Death Picture: "The Suicide" by Edouard Manet, 2011

Fake Death Picture: “The Suicide” by Edouard Manet, 2011

"The Death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar: 21 October 1805" by Samuel Drummond, 1806

“The Death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar: 21 October 1805” by Samuel Drummond, 1806

The Somerset House Conference, 1604

The Somerset House Conference, 1604

Double Longcase Clock by Daniel Quare, 1716

Double Longcase Clock by Daniel Quare, 1716

The first section (above) dealt with Yinka’s Fake Death Pictures, but the next collection dealt with Nelson’s Loves. More specifically, his marriage to Frances ‘Fanny’ Nisbet, his public affair with Emma Hart (aka the Lady Hamilton), and they scandal behind their child, whom they called Horatia. According to the gallery description, the Fake Death Pictures “question what we know and believe about Nelson’s own fate”.

Nelson's Loves

Nelson’s Loves

"Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson Viscount Nelson", by Lemuel Francis Abbott (1798)

“Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson Viscount Nelson”, by Lemuel Francis Abbott (1798)

Nelson inscription

Nelson inscription

"Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton" by George Romney (1785-1786)

“Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton” by George Romney (1785-1786)

Lady Hamilton inscription

Lady Hamilton inscription

"Horatia Nelson kneeling before her father's tomb", by William Owen (1807)

“Horatia Nelson kneeling before her father’s tomb”, by William Owen (1807)

Horatia Nelson enscription

Horatia Nelson enscription

Finally, while waiting for the others to finish up with the gallery, I looked outside the window to see the sun finally shining through the clouds. I decided to take advantage of the good weather by snapping a couple of photos through the glass.

Greenwich...what a beautiful place!

Greenwich…what a beautiful place!

zoomed in to the red double-decker bus!

zoomed in to the red double-decker bus!

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