Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Museum of Everything
The Museum of Everything in Primrose Hill, has all kinds of curiosities including seductive take on embroidery, puppets, a pair of leather boots that 'THE' Tom Thumb has been credited to owning, some wonderful images of famous Victorian Siamese twins and midgets. The items are all from Sir Peter Blake's personal collections of outsider art, ephemera and found objects.
However the upstairs section which holds Walter Potter's taxidermy, is particularly of interest. Evoking emotions of slight disgust, laughter and sadness yet in my opinion more strongly curiosity and intrigue. Potter was a Victorian self-taught taxidermist who used the bodies of small animals (particularly kittens, puppies, rabbits, rats and squirrels) to recreate scenes from nursery rhymes and everyday life, which were then displayed in his Museum of Curiosities.