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 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.
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.
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”.
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.