Some of you may already know of my addiction to all things Victorian. This includes art, like the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Over the weekend, I finally managed to stagger into town and the Aberdeen Art Gallery. I was pleasantly surprised with the building it is housed in. I think it was built in 1885, and has wonderful ceilings, sweeping staircases and balconies. Reminded me a little of the National Gallery in London, which I’ve been to a number of times.
Why visit now, you may or may not ask? Well I discovered that it housed some of John William Waterhouse’s paintings, and I’m on a mission to visit as many of those in or associated with the PRB around the country.
However, there is a BUT coming on…whatever was originally house here is mostly gone. To a person who adores history like I do, that is a death to this kind of place. Although the interior is mostly still there, it is taken up with huge amounts of modern art. I don’t have anything against it, but it just doesn’t work here at all. My precious paintings?Â Housed in 2 rooms, with the original or very close to it, setting. How amazing this gallery must have been back in 1885.
Wish I could have seen it.
Four-year-old Madeleine McCann has been in the news a lot lately. For those of you that don’t know, she was abducted from her parents’ holiday apartment on the 3 May.
There seems little we can do to help, so I’m posting a video appeal here in the hope that someone, somewhere on the web might recognise her.
Thank you for listening.