Two years after Lely died it was re-acquired for the Royal Collection and stored in the Palace of Whitehall. In 1698 it was rescued from a fire that destroyed Whitehall Palace, and has been on long-term loan to the British Museum since 2005.
I’ve never drawn in a museum before, but I figured time’s running out and I'm standing there with a sketchpad and a British Museum stool, looking like a dunce.
Time to draw or go home (I think that’s Shakespeare... but I’m not sure).
Drawing in a museum is different from drawing in the weekly Santa Fe drawing group.
Different in a good way: the model never moves.
Different in a bad way: hordes of people constantly walk between you and the model, stopping to chat.
Still fun though.
|The Lely Venus|
Felt tip pen on paper.
The Romans called her Venus, the Greeks called her Aphrodite.
|The Lely Venus, sketch detail.|