THE ART NEWSPAPER | Martin Bailey:
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) once dreamed of building a landmark to dominate the London skyline. That was in 1868, when Henry Cole, the museum’s first director, personally designed a 250ft-high octagonal tower with an external spiral staircase.
Cole’s watercolour plan is on show at the museum as part of a special display tracing the history of its buildings from the 1850s to the present (Designing the V&A, until 31 December). The image also appears in an accompanying book by Julius Bryant, the museum’s keeper of Word & Image. Bryant describes Cole’s tower as “either clever marketing or…read more
Image | courtesy of the V&A | The first director Henry Cole’s 1868 watercolour plan: