Get in while you still can

I know it’s raining and horrible outside a lot at the moment. It’s taken me an incredible amount of time to do it, but for goodness sake, get down to Two Temple Place to see the exhibition they’ve got on entitled, ‘Amongst Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall’.

The flyer...with picture of "A fish sale on a Cornish Beach"

The flyer…with picture of “A fish sale on a Cornish Beach”

Reasons why you should go:

1. It’s free

2. It’s a very good exhibition chock full of some incredible paintings that you are unlikely to see in London in the near future. The lovely steward, Nigel, said that they’re trying to curate exhibitions of art from outside London, hence the Cornwall theme for this one. All the paintings are on loan from various collections, but many come from Cornwall itself. So, unless you plan a trip down that way, this is the only place you’ll be seeing such wonderful paintings as this (They don’t allow you to take pics of the art):

The Clay Pit by Harold C Harvey

A fish sale on a Cornish Beach by Stanhope A Forbes

3. Two Temple Place is only open to the public during the exhibition. Built for William Waldorf Astor of the famous hotel dynasty, in 1895, it really is extraordinary. You can read more about the history and interior here but, essentially, it’s a treasure trove of intricate carvings and sculptures depicting characters and scenes from literature and legend; Robin Hood, Ivenhoe, Porthos, Milady…they’re all there. This is in addition to the wonderful stone and marble floors, vaulted ceilings and, my personal favourite, the Clayton and Bell stained glass windows.

Clayton and Bell window - Sunrise

Clayton and Bell window – Sunrise

The floor is a mixture of a marble, jasper, porphyry and onyx - how many can you spot?

The floor is a mixture of a marble, jasper, porphyry and onyx – how many can you spot?

4. The café looks nice.

So get yourself down there. And if Nigel says not to take pictures of the art, don’t take pictures of the art, okay? W

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