This blog is about my travels. At home in New Zealand, in other parts of Oceania, North, Central and South America and in Europe.
One place I really loved on my visit to London was the National Portrait Gallery. It really is like stepping back in time and locking eyes of some of the most influential people in history.
I really liked the room with Tudor portraits. After reading 'Wolf Hall' by Hillary Mantel, it really is interesting to see the portraits from the people from the power grabbing, dangerous world of the Tudor court. There are amazing details in the portraits, many of the portraits of Elizabeth I show symbols of the exploration that was going on at the time, and seeing the portraits of her and her mother, Anne Boleyn, you can see the same canny brown eyes!
The rooms containing portraits from the Enlightenment were interesting. Times were really changing, and so much of it was fueled by radical new ideas about equality, liberty the separation of church and state and so on. I made a beeline for the portraits of Mary and Percy Shelley.
I had wanted to find see the portrait of Jane Austen, and I had some difficulty in finding it, it is absolutely tiny! At first I couldn't find it in the room it was supposed to be in, and had to get detailed instructions from one of the gallery attendants. It is one of the only images of her, drawn by her sister Cassandra.
There were also the 19th century rooms with all sorts of interesting people, including Charles Darwin!
I am a traveller from New Zealand. My blog is to inform friends and family about my adventures. I hope you enjoy it!