Philadelphia Museum of Art (4)

Having spent nearly the entire day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I can only say that it is as good a museum as a museum can be: logically and coherently displayed; a wonderful, rich and diverse collection; extremely well labelled; full of school groups; very helpful staff; and, interestingly, highly attractive to the ethnically diverse millennials who are reinhabiting the centre of the city. It’s got very ambitious plans for the future, but I’m glad that they retain the logic of the original beaux arts plan. There’s a lesson here:-


Philadelphia Museum of Art (3)

I had forgotten what a wonderful display of works by Thomas Eakins the Philadelphia Museum has, bequeathed by his widow, Susan McDowell Eakins in 1929, and Mary Adeline Williams in 1930.

The Pair-Oared Shell (1872):-

Mending the Net (1881):-

This is what he looked like, in the portrait by his wife:-

Not to forget The Agnew Clinic (1889):-


Philadelphia Museum of Art (2)

I spent so much time last time I was in Philadelphia looking at the medieval collections, I thought that this time I would start on the other side of the great Grecian Entrance Hall.

I admired a fifteenth-century Florentine head:-

N early sixteenth-century French Virgin and Child:-

The Queen of Palmyra:-

One of K√§ndler’s Billy Goats (I remember Robert Charleston saying that if the V&A burned down, this was the object he would save):-


The High Line

Before leaving New York, I am posting some pictures taken on the High Line.

I like the way you can see over rooftops :-

The Statue of Liberty is visible in the far distance:-

And I like the sense of trees in the centre of the city:-


The Streets of New York

I will be accused again of ripping off Walker Evans, which is entirely possible, but am nonetheless posting some photographs of the streets and houses of Soho and, now better, Tribeca, round the New York Academy, where I went to see its gallery space:-

And some details:-