Tuesdays of Texture : Week 27

Prague Praha

Charles Bridge, Prague

Charles Bridge in Prague, one of the oldest bridges there, was commissioned in 1357, and has 30 baroque statues along the length of the bridge, depicting all different people and events.   This bridge is visited by everyone that comes to Prague,and is the main thoroughfare linking both sides of the river.   Be prepared in high tourist season to be jostled and pushed along by the thousands of people on the bridge, all trying to get close to the different statues.

Charles Bridge, Prague

Charles Bridge, Prague

You can click on this link to see a list of the statues on the bridge.

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The Home of Somerville and Ross : Irish Writers

We were lucky enough to have a guided tour of Drishane House in Casteltownshend in West Cork, with its many portraits and mementoes of the Somerville family, and which was the home of the writer and artist, Edith Somerville and her companion and cousin Violet Martin Ross.    Together they wrote many books, two of the most famous being Experiences of an Irish R.M. and The Real Charlotte

Edith Somerville was born in 1858 at Corfu, where her father, a Colonel Henry Somerville, was stationed.   She grew up, and lived most of her life in Drishane House, which was built by one of her ancestors, Thomas Somerville, who made his fortune importing spices into Ireland in the 18th century.   He built Drishane House and many other buildings in the village, and his descendants still live in the house today.

There is a museum at the house where Edith and Violet did most of their work, and after Violet’s death in 1915, at the age of 53, Edith continued to write as ‘Somerville and Ross’.   As well as being a talented writer, Edith was also a painter, illustrator of childrens’ books, a farmer, and a sculptor.

She knew many of the famous writers of the time, including Oscar Wilde, Lady Gregory and J.M. Synge, and we also saw some correspondence between her and Rudyard Kipling.   Imagine corresponding and rubbing shoulders with all these equally talented people.

She also played the organ in the local St Barrahane’s Church (with it’s wonderful stained glass windows) for 70 years!

She died at age 91, and is buried in St Barrahane’s graveyard, next to her cousin, Violet.

Another Peek at the V & A


Some of the casts on display

Some of the casts on display

In the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, one of the larger exhibitions are those of the cast courts.   These house a collection of plaster casts of some of the most famous sculptures in the world, to educate and entertain people, and give people an opportunity to see wonderful pieces of architecture.   In the picture above (especially for the ladies) is a life size cast of David by Michaelangelo.  In fact, there are 3 Davids in the collection, and you can read about them here.   In the statue by Verrochio (original dating from about 1473), the youthful David poses over the head of Goliath, and is even wearing a little piece of clothing!

But enough about David, you can also find The Trajan Column  (original in the Forum Romanum in Rome) Neptune, Samson, the Three Graces, Caesar Invading Britain, many more, including this one, a cast of a Nymph and Deer at the Royal Palace of Fontainblue in 1494

The Nymph of Fontainblue

The Nymph of Fontainblue

Here are some of the many other stunning sculptures to be seen at the V & A.



Windows to Gaze At.


Chichester Cathedral is over 900 years old, and is a very impressive building and has some magnificent stained glass windows.

There are also many other treasures and artworks  to see in the cathedral, like tombs, the remains of a Roman mosaic pavement, and many modern works of art.

Here are a few of the wonderful windows

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