Friday, January 11, 2013
Over the Christmas holidays I took the opportunity to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight Village. The village is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished with lots of money and a generous helping of British eccentricity. It was built in 1888 by William Hesketh Lever to house the workers in his Sunlight Soap factories. And what houses!
Each group of houses was designed by a different architect, but the overall cohesiveness of the village's design is thanks in large part to Lever himself, who oversaw Port Sunlight's creation. William Lever not only created beautiful, modern homes for his workers, he also supplied every possible recreational activity to give them every chance of a pleasant life.
A firm believer in the value of art, and art for all, he founded the Lady Lever Art Gallery in memory of his late wife in 1922. It is packed full of gorgeous artworks and artefacts, including paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites and a sizeable Wedgewood pottery collection.
This room was my favourite, hence the 'ta-da' pose (I apologise)!
I visited Port Sunlight in the middle of winter, so I unfortunately don't have any snaps of the beautiful flower beds that can be seen at every turn in warmer months. If you ever have the chance to visit the village in summertime, you will be treated to a riotous floral spectacle.
Here are a couple of shots of what I wore - one of my favourite 1940s dress suits and an astrakhan hat.
I hope you all had a wonderful break over Christmas. I've noticed a sudden influx of visitors of late, you are most welcome! I've been trying to view everyone's blogs, but they are not always listed on your Google profiles. Please list your blog in the comments and I'll do my best to stop by for a hello!