The Victoria & Albert Museum (1), South Kensington, London
If you enter the museum from the pedestrian subway then you will emerge into the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Sculpture Gallery shown here.
There are sculptures representing mythological or allegorical subjects, garden sculpture, funerary monuments and portrait busts.
This is the Main Information Desk and will be the first area you'll see if you enter the museum through the Grand Entrance in Cromwell Road.
That enormous chandelier above the information desk was designed by Dale Chihuly, the American glass sculptor, is 30 feet from top to bottom and weighs over a ton. I wouldn't like to be the person that has to clean it.
The clock above the main entrance was made around 1860 by J. Smith & Sons, Clerkenwell. There is a dial both sides designed by F. W. Moody and incorporates allegorical representations of Day and Night. The mechanism between the dials is exposed.
This shows part of the Marble Staircase which is divided into two parts with one part each side of the Grand Entrance. These staircases are very grand indeed and such a beautiful marble.
Off to one side of the main Information Desk is the Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The exhibits are displayed in the form of a city courtyard and garden.
At the far end is the choir screen from the Cathedral of St John at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands - an impressive piece of work. (Note: The city's official name, 's-Hertogenbosch, is a contraction of the Dutch "des Hertogen bosch" - "the Duke's forest".)
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