👀 Just some of the salvaged stained glass fragments incorporated into the windows of the beautiful Weston Tower at Westminster Abbey: opened last year, the tower was the first architectural addition to the building since Nicholas Hawksmoor left off in 1745, and the leaded windows and spiral staircase leading up to the newly-opened Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries were the most magical place to be on a sunny day, affording views out over the Abbey and wider Westminster. The Galleries are full of the most amazing treasures, from the ✨Litlyngton Missal✨ to royal funeral effigies, and these glass fragments kick everything off: placed into the windows as the Weston Tower brings you up into the amazing triforium high above the bustle of the Abbey below, they were rescued from the construction site as the tower went up, making them the perfect (respectful, innovative) nod to the Abbey’s thousand-year history. What a place! A huge vote of thanks to the brilliant, knowledgeable @munimentkeeper for the most wonderful tour of the historic library and galleries. .
An amazing prefiguration by Pieter Brueghel of set-up day for a @christiesinc Books view - how accurately he imagines the chaos and the terror, over 450 years earlier 🤔.... Of course, this extraordinary work from 1564 actually depicts the fall of the magician Hermogenes: having summoned demons to stop James the Greater from preaching, the faith of the apostle brought the creatures onto his side and he vanquished the sorcerer 💪🏻🧙🏻♂️🚫 For me, the drawings have been the real revelation of this wonderful show @kunsthistorischesmuseumvienna, the first comprehensive exhibition on Pieter Brueghel to be staged anywhere in the world.
Think the weather’s ghastly today? 🤔 Spare a thought for the crew of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition, battling freezing temperatures, hunger and exhaustion as they raced Roald Amundsen to the South Pole in 1911. The discovery of the lonely tent containing the frozen bodies of Scott, Wilson and Bowers in 1912 - beaten to the Pole by Amundsen and finally defeated by the elements just 11 miles from their re-supply post - is one of the most iconic moments in Polar history: on 12 December this year, we’ll offer two journals of the explorer Tryggve Gran, one of the Terra Nova search party who found Scott and his men. The journals contain an extraordinary first-hand account of the tragic discovery, and an incredibly immediate and emotional description of the days that followed. .
The enchanting Lady Selina Meade, painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence in 1818. This beautiful, distinguished sitter was living in Vienna when Lawrence painted her portrait - she was at the centre of glittering Austrian society, going on to marry the statesman Karl, Count of Clam-Martinic in 1820. Technically, I’m here in #hongkong to show some wonderful #books and #manuscripts, but something about the glorious Lady Selina keeps drawing me back into the Old Master Paintings view (hi, @cc.x.w!)... @christiesinc on view @hkcec until Monday - come and say hello 👋🏻
An office fit for Stephen Hawking! At least, that was the general idea behind this section of the view for our online-only sale ‘On the Shoulders of Giants: Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking’, which starts on Tuesday.
The sale is open for registration now - bidding starts on Wednesday - and the lots are truly great: autograph material from Newton, Darwin and Einstein alongside 22 brilliant lots from the estate of the late Professor Stephen Hawking.