A very exciting week lies behind us. We were out taking selfies with the Windsor’s at the National Portrait Gallery, we were continuing our cat trail and were amazed by the Surrealists at the Tate Modern.
With all these impressions we thought we will start poetic into the new week. Can you guess with which famous person we started our hunt for famous Londoners?
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
No, we did not turn our focus on bigger felines. Are the bells ringing? Yes, we have been visiting William Blake, known not just for one of his most famous poem “The Tyger”. And where else would we find him than at the National Portrait Gallery, London?
He is sharing Room Number 18 with another rather famous literary person. (Who he looks rather scared at) Can you guess by the quote below?
“The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.”
Not quiet? Maybe something more obvious?
“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
Of course we are talking about Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein.
And because the best things come in threes: Who am I to forget THE most famous writer of the UK? I’ll make it easy this time to avoid any reminiscing of past school days.
“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”
Yes, Shakespeare is part of our personal ArtGuru collection. Maybe he is asking that questions about himself too.By the way, the snazzy golden earring he is wearing is a status symbol (different to what we might think today). It was also used to blog the entry holes of the body from the evil spirits.
After all this literature we felt like something more down to earth. So we went for someone who took us the fear of being in a plane during a thunderstorm. (I can only speak for myself here). Michael Faraday. Born in the now London Borough of Southwark, Faraday went on to become one of the most regarded scientists in his field.
Faraday’s portrait is hanging right next to another scientist. The Scottish chemist Thomas Graham, who died in London in 1869. He was the founder of the Chemical Society in London and the one who discovered dialysis.
Our last stop before heading out into the London fog are the leaders of the country. On the 24th of January it was his 50th anniversary of his death. To follow the route of this blog I have seem to have taken, here is a quote:
“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
It is not this guy from last weekend who thought he was very funny. It is: Winston Churchill.
And to round it all up our selection of the weird and wonderful of the London population, who could I not miss out after my selfie last week?
You are right: The Royal Family. We selected two paintings by the artists Bryan Organ and one all time classic by Oswald Birley.
But there are certainly more out there. We could not add anymore. After all this collecting our gallery looks like that:
And there will be many more. Maybe you can guess who we will be featuring next week.
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