Portraits

Mum’s staying with me at the mo.

She’s taking a little break from country life and exploring the bright lights of London, with me!

There’s really no-one in the world I’d rather hang out with than Mum. And certainly no-one I’d rather spoil.

In the morning I turned the bathroom in a Spathroom (lots of candles, oils & bubbles) and shepherded her in. While she unwound, I tucked into the new Porter magazine with an icy latte and a few snacks.

A few people on Instagram asked where everything was from so I shall include it all here!

Gold tray // Jars // Straws // Quilt // Little bowl // Enamel bowl

Once mum was well and truly in holiday mood, we set off in search of a little culture.

Where better than The National Portrait Gallery?

We climbed up, right into the belly of the place and gorged ourselves on art, history and old-school scandal.

Dress // similar shoes // Prada bag // Sunnies

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Dress // Mulberry bag // Shoes // Silver May trinkets

This (believe it or not) is a painting. It’s acrylic on linen, by Jason Brooks.

The subject is Sir Paul Nurse, a scientist and nobel prize winner.

One of the reasons I enjoy The Portrait Gallery so much is the scope of work and subjects shown. The very modern sits happily along side the very old.

We visited the Virginia Woolf exhibition.

And the BP Award gallery.

This is a portrait of artist, Yunsung Jang’s mother. He said he “wanted to record not just her physical likeness, but the depth of the relationship including the complexities of devotion, pity, guilt, and gratefulness that a son feels towards his mother.”

It’s a wonderful piece, and the whole exhibit is well worth a trip if you’re in town.

Upstairs however is where we really enjoyed ourselves. Mum’s a bit of a history buff, but only tends to remember salacious details! She knows exactly who was sleeping with who, who died when (and how) and everything juicy you could hope for.

All the best bits of history, and it really makes it come alive.

I addressed The Somerset House Conference.

They all listened intently.

We marvelled at the architecture.

And spent the next couple of hours pouring over the paintings.

Queen Caroline by Jacopo Amigoni, 1735.

Sarah Siddons, a leading tragic actress and celebrity in her day (1755-1831).

(Not tragic as in she couldn’t find a date, but she starred in most of Shakespeare’s tragedies and was most famous for her role as Lady Macbeth. Which explains the mask, dagger and grave.)

The rather dishy Sir Joseph Banks. President of science and professional adventurer.

William Wilberforce, perhaps my favourite painting.

I have a real thing for unfinished art and he was mostly responsible for abolishing the slave trade in Britain, followed by the emancipation of slaves in the British colonies.

A good egg.

Nell Gwyn.

She arrived in England as an orange seller and soon became not only a leading actress and celebrity, but Charles II’s mistress. She gave him two sons and he remembered her on his deathbed, saying; “Let not poor Nelly starve.”

But alas they did. And she died in poverty.

Tricky thing, mistressing (I imagine).

I fell a little bit in love with Prince Rupert.

And gazed at the incredible detail in Queen Victoria’s Coronation.

Good old Mr Darwin.

Now this, is Albert Ball.

A fighter pilot from Nottingham. He joined the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to France in 1916. He flew an SE5 120mph bi-plane, bareheaded, without goggles and preferred single combat.

He shot down 43 enemy planes and a Zeppelin, but was killed in action over enemy territory on May 7th 1917.

Immortalised in bronze by Henry Poole. If I could choose just one piece to steal and take home, it would be Albert.

Mum thinks he looks like Tom!

We paid Beatrix Potter (my childhood hero) a visit.

Before giving into growling bellies, and heading upstairs for lunch… and one hell of a view!

The charming waiter heard us discussing the various monuments and brought us a map to consult.

Which Mum enjoyed enormously!

I enjoyed my champagne.

We both started with crab.

Which I followed with rare roasted sirloin, with horseradish cream and beetroot.

With a few bites of Mum’s buttery plaice with pea puree and samphire.

Both were quite remarkably good and we oooh’d and ahh’d through every mouthful.

To polish it all off, Mum had panacotta with figs.

And I had summer berries, with clotted cream.

The perfect girls’ day out!

I was really blown away by how good the restaurant is. I can’t recommend a visit enough. It would also make one hell of a date spot in the evening. You could wander the gallery, hand in hand before heading upstairs for champagne and supper, looking over the twinkling city below.

You’ll want to book, and try and get a table by the window. Contacts on the website.

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  • Laura

    Love mummy-daughter days!

    Also love how your mum remembers all the juicy gossip – I’m totally the same!

    Food looks great – never really considered a gallery for a date before but you’ve changed my mind!

    http://www.whatlauradoesnext.co.uk

  • Jane

    Wow your profile is so similar to your beautiful mothers! Such lovely crystal eyes, and I imagine you look through them with the same intrigue and empathy as each other.
    Great post, I must give the portrait gallery a visit (and not just for the steak!). x

  • Loved getting lost in this post, some outstanding portraits. Definitely going to take a visit next month.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Alice

    perfect day with mum πŸ™‚

  • Aaah I love it that you’re so close to your Mum Rosie!

    Hugs xoxo

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  • skybluesounds

    What a fun day!!! I love wandering around in museums. I also LOVE that dress you are wearing, super cute!!!

    xo Patricia

    skybluesounds.blogspot.com

  • arielle q.

    this seriously looks like such a fun days with you and your mum! I love that picture of you addressing the somerset conference. you are both so gorgeous!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Looks like you two had a lovely day out! The Portrait Gallery is on my list of things to see next time I am in London. I love the look on the woman working at the gallery has on her face. Haha, someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

    Kris | http://www.love-loft-life.com

  • You and your mum are beautiful! Lovely pictures of mother and daugher!

    Hong Kong: Lunch Date at Ritz Carlton

  • Sheila

    This is one of my favorite posts. Beautiful art, beautiful ladies!
    Look forward to visiting this museum next time I’m London side.
    xx, Sheila
    http://www.summery.org

  • Resa Chip

    I love the posts with you and your mom! I’m in college now so I don’t get to see mine nearly as much as I’d like, but we have a hell of a time when we do get together. Moms really are the best πŸ™‚

  • I’ve lived in London all my life, yet I’m yet to visit the national portrait gallery. I must take a visit this summer. No excuses!

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  • I adore the National Portrait Gallery. It’s one of my very favourite museums and I can literally wander around on my own for hours!

    Food looks divine as well. Definitely going to check it out for date nights! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Eguono Ogueh

    Looks like you had a great day, I love going around museum and portrait galleries in London. The food looks so yummy! x

    Gegsy Lifestyle & Fashion Blog

  • What a beautiful day out! I love visit the portrait gallery in Cardiff and have always dreamed of going to National Portrait Gallery in London. One day! Your mother looks like a beautiful soul

    xxx

    Nina from little nomad

  • Your mama bear is so stunning Rosie!

    Michaela X

    http://www.lifeofaladybear.com

  • What a lovely story, love everything about it. It’s great to be able to enjoy such precious moments with your mother.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle

  • I love paintings- thanks so much for showing us a little inside the museum! πŸ™‚ And wow your backless dress is absolutely gorgeous! πŸ™‚

    everydayingrace.blogspot.ca

  • Your mother’s dress is STUNNING! Mom days are the best days!
    xoxo,
    Erin
    Bmoreindependent.blogspot.com

  • Looks like you had such a wonderful day out! It’s lovely to spend time with your mum, mine is my best friend and we do everything together.

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Daisy

    Mmmm the food looks so good! My stomach is rumbling!

    Love all of your posts Rosie- they always inspire me to explore more of London.

    Daisy x
    http://www.cupcakesandcherries.com

  • PatriciaParisienne

    What a lovely post and day out with your mum! You both look stunning, and the food looks amazing! Will have to visit the restaurant next time I’m in town. This post has just made me so excited to see my mom in four days, after not having seen her for 8 months! Thanks so much for sharing, Rosie. x

  • Fab post, Rosie! This is – hands down – one of my favourite places in London! I celebrated my 21st birthday with champagne afternoon tea in the restaurant – I’d wholeheartedly recommend it, and not only because of the stunning view!
    E xx
    emmaforth.blogspot.com

  • Your mum really is one of those people that ages so beautifully!

    Speaking of beautiful. That food looks as pretty as the pictures hanging in the gallery!

    Do you know why that painting of William was never finished? Was it intentional? I’m intrigued!

    Katie <3

  • I absolutely love the national portrait gallery and this post just makes me want to go back! And agreed on the William Wilberforce painting, the fact that it is unfinished (ironically) really adds to the piece I think x

    http://www.shanghaiphile.com

  • I love the National Portrait Gallery! I went several times while I lived in London, and I’m so jealous that you got to take pictures. Did you get special permission? x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • Emily Kalbun

    As an artist, I enjoy your art posts and this one was really lovely. It is so nice to see how much you love your Mom. She looks like such a sweet lady and she really resembles you! Great post Rosie!

  • Mona

    Your pictures are so nice ! What kind of camera and editing program do you use ? πŸ™‚

  • Your mum seems like such a lovely and interesting lady. I’m so happy you two had such a great day together πŸ™‚
    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

  • Fab post! I love the National Portrait Gallery and have visited lots (never getting anywhere close to seeing it all, obviously) but didn’t know it had a kicking restaurant too! The things you learn from blog land eh!
    Mandy
    http://www.thestickyfig.co.uk

  • Have to say I’m a massive fan of the National Portrait Gallery- it’s just one of those places you can get lost in for hours!

    I love how your photo of the Somerset House Conference looks like you’ve jumped straight inside it =)

    KatieJane
    katies-rose-garden.blogspot.co.uk

  • Spoon Me

    That panna cotta looks absolutely delectable!

    http://spoonme.weebly.com/

    xxx

  • Looks like a fun day out! The Portrait Gallery looks mesmerising, must put it on my to visit list for the near future! πŸ™‚

  • The photobomber in the second to last picture is great, I’m so glad you included it! I’ve actually got a statue of an airman which holds pride of place in the dining room so I’m sure that would be my favourite piece as well. Great post and fantastic to see food and London together!

    James
    TopFlat | London, Food, Life

  • Lisa Rose

    Beautiful post and pictures. Last night I placed a trinket order from your Mummy for my daughter, this morning, your blog post includes her. Lovely.

  • Sundays4you

    Just moved to London, need some good information!!! Thanks for share!! Like your blog!!
    http://www.sundays4you.com

  • Beautiful blog post. The art is unforgettable and the architecture is amazing. Its always nice to see your mom on the blog. Thank you for sharing!

    – Southern Adventurer

    http://asouthernadventurer.blogspot.com

  • I must say, Albert Ball looks like the Prince Eric statue in the little mermaid!

  • Art and food, what could be more lovely? πŸ™‚

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  • Wow, how gorgeous πŸ™‚ looks like a wonderful day out & your dress is so pretty.

    Sam | Tiny Paint Pot xx

  • SW713

    Your mother is absolutely stunning. Looks like a wonderful day!

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    these are gorgeous shots! love a museum day πŸ™‚ and your mom is darling and gorgeous

    Ladies in Navy

  • The NPG is one of the museums in London I still haven’t been to… good motivation to get going! I love how much variety there seems to be!

  • Geena

    Mumma Londoner is just such a classy lady!
    http://www.ablogbygeena.blogspot.com

  • Your mom is such a stunner! Can definitely tell where you get it from πŸ™‚

    I peeked at your Instagram this morning still in my “I just woke up probably going to snooze a little longer” haze and legitimately thought you were addressing a table of sharply attentive men.

  • Swati

    both you and you’re mum are gorgeous!! here’s a hello from India!!

  • That sirloin looked to die for! Mouth-watering-ly good! http://froliecouture.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Paulina Villalpando

    This post is so cute! You look so much like your mom. Food looks delicious! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • Rebecca

    Looks wonderful! I will be making a trip to London at the end of summer and I will be sure to check the restaurant out at the gallery. Especially love your great suggestion to go at night. Thanks! xx

    http://daintyapples.wordpress.com

  • I’m the same way, my mom is truly my BFF! Always the best person to hang out with. Loved having a glimpse into the gallery!

    xx
    Alice
    http://www.trendyintexasblog.com/

  • Liz

    You look pretty Rosie! Sexy girl <3

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks like a wonderful day out! Love your dress, Rosie! xxx

    peanutbutterandmussels.com

  • Lucia

    Love this post, spending time with my mum is the best, taking her to Paris next week and I can’t wait! xx

  • Ryan Gingery

    Hi Rosie,

    Just wanted to say that you’ve been such an inspiration to me. Until recently, I was living in rural China and I visited your blog constantly living vicariously through you. You kept me sane and you motivated me to be creative. I’ve moved back to New York and have started my own blog. If you have time, check it out, it would mean so much to me!

    Always a huge fan!
    Ryan

    http://www.thatsaboysname.com

  • Shaye Robbins

    Thank you for this post, I have never been to the portrait gallery, but will when I get myself across the pond to London. It is so intriguing, and I am savoring the photos, thank yoU!

  • What a beautiful museum! Your sandals are so cute!

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  • Maddy Martin

    Love this post and your blog!

    Would love it if you checked out my blog and let me know what you think of it!

    http://thehi-style.blogspot.com/

  • Georgia Christakis

    When one of my best friends was living in London she took me to the Portrait Gallery for tea- in was incredible- such a great view and an awesome collection. It’s one of my first and favorite memories of London.

    Also, I see a lot of you in that last photo of your Mom πŸ™‚

  • That sneaky waiter photo bombed behind your mum when taking a bite of the panna cotta!!

    Cheeky buggar!

    I adore the National Portrait Gallery, I always went for school art trips to sketch the statues. (Plus I’m an utter university history student nerd and love the Tudor portraits!)

    Love the post, Rosie πŸ™‚

    Emily x

    My GingerBread Journey

  • Sweet Leilani

    That was so nice to see that you took you mom around and got to document the whole thing so sweet!

  • Jackie Hoyt

    Hello Ms. Rosie! I just wanted to say that you’ve been a great inspiration to me since I started following you blog back in November. Love all your posts and all your advice!

  • Hi Rosie
    I love your upbeat and cheery style of writing. While I’m sure most is your personality shining through I am curious what you read to find your voice, whether it’s other blogs or the morning post.
    Happy weekend!

  • Love your dress!

    Sophia
    http://sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

  • Looks like a lovely day – it must be great to have such a knowledgeable guide – at least when it comes to historical extra-marital affairs πŸ˜‰ Anna

    http://www.annabehrmann.com

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    I love how you describe your days out. And the National Portrait Gallery is definitely my favorite museum in London!

  • Awww, love these beautiful shots of you and your pretty mom!

    xx, Kristi
    http://www.currentlycrushing.com

  • Shulamit E

    Its cool to see Steve McQueen’s portrait in the museum. Looks like a blast.

  • Natalie Wuest

    I love the silly photo-bomb in the 2nd to last picture of your mom, it’s adorable!

  • Manda

    My mummy and I did this!

    thehi-style.blogspot.com

  • My mom is my favorite person to spend time with as well! Your mum and I would be two of a kind, sharing all the juicy stories about historical actors. That panacotta looks amazing, figs make everything wonderful.

  • I love the National Portrait Gallery!! It’s my favorite place in London πŸ™‚ such lovely food!!!

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

  • TheWestCoastExplorer

    Such lovely ladies.
    What camera do you use? And who takes the pictures?

  • Euge Gimbatti

    I didn’t know that museum exists! It’s going to my London to-do list. And, how beautiful is your mother. It’s seemed you have a wonderful day with her. Besos.

  • Kendall Lynne

    I am so ridiculously obsessed with your blog and I can’t get over that dress!

    Kendall Lynne || liveeatkendall.blogspot.com

  • You did well to take pictures there!! I went to see the David Bailey exhibition some months back and was told to put my camera away… Btw I would have so gone upstairs for lunch had I known the restaurant was that good! Thanks for the tip! Have a good weekend Rosie!

  • Katie Albury

    What a lovely Mum/Daughter date…love the photographs too, very beautiful x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk

  • This is such a lovely post πŸ™‚ your blog makes so excited to move to London at the end of this month. Also, that food looks divine! xx

    http://www.alittlelucy.com

  • Cat

    I loved this post. You look beautiful. XX

    catbergin.blogspot.ie

  • TheSunnyDay2013 .

    Ah the first pic with your glass… You look amazing.Ra

  • This makes me want a proper mum-daughter day now πŸ™‚ you have a lovely relationship

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Shea

    I just love all of your posts Rosie…just thought I’d tell you that!

    sheatoria.blogspot.com

  • “professional adventurer” now that’s a job title I’d like! And I must say, your desserts have me hunkering for some summer fruit! It’s great that you have such a close relationship with your mum. I’m very close with mine and often think we’re strange (but also very lucky)

  • julesinabox

    Now I definately need to plan a girls day-out with my mum, Its been forever since I last saw her.
    I will make sure to check out the gallery when I travel to London (Le Boyfriend is not much of an art lover so that will take some convincing)

    Thekiwidiaries.com

  • It looks like a great day, I didn’t realise there was a restaurant there! I do now πŸ™‚

  • It seems like mother’s day has come around earlier this year! – http://brunchataudreys.tumblr.com

  • Jan

    Your mum is so beautiful, just like you! Please checkout my most favorite blogpost so far on http://www.charlesmopolitan.com What would you do on your 5th year anniversary with your husband and soulmate?

  • Ellen

    If you like unfinished art you should come visit the Francis Bacon exhibition in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, it’s part of the permanent collection. As well as his final few paintings (unfinished, lots of lovely raw canvas), his entire studio was transported to the gallery from London and reassembled exactly as it was, walls, floors, roof and all! His work is a bit like Marmite, you’ll love it or hate it, but the studio is just incredible!

  • saradujour

    It’s so great that you have such a wonderful relationship with your mum. That restaurant looks fantastic!

    I’m doing a BIG GIVEAWAY on my blog right now – feel free to check it out! πŸ™‚ http://saradujour.me/post/93467273010/a-few-of-my-favourite-things-celebratory-giveaway

    -Sara

  • Sophie Jane Cheval

    cool – love girls day out with mum! wish our art gallery in Auckland had as many portraits, the painting of Sir Paul Nurse is incredible!
    http://www.perpetuallysophie.blogspot.com

  • I envy your relationship with your mom. What an awesome connection you have! Looks like you had an incredible mother-daughter day πŸ™‚

  • I hope against hope my daughters will want to be hang out with me someday! It’s so lovely that you enjoy your mum so much, and another great post, beautiful as always!

  • Hi everybody! Gorgeous work as always Rosie. Have you hit the roof of the Met? Sadly no delicious dinner (yet!), but a view over Central Park to just die for.

    Come on over and check out more New York adventures with me at http://www.cestlagedor.com

    xxA

  • gr8p

    Your mum is striking. You look very much alike. Both very lovely.

  • I love this! Your photos are gorgeous. What camera and photo editor do you use?

  • Natalie Oleksyshyn

    Hi Rose! I love how many trips you take around the city (and out of it!). I follow another blogger who lives in Richmond, Virginia who posted a top 5 for her city since she and her husband know and love the city. (5 restaurants, 5 outside free activities/spots, 5 touristy attractions, 5 shops, etc…) Would you mind doing something like that for London? I’m sure a lot of traveller’s would love it! Thank! Natalie

  • One of my favourite posts from you, Rosie! I’ve just graduated from an art history course so am very happy to see your thoughts on the gems in the NPG. I love that unfinished portrait of William Wilberforce too – the portraitist was probably waiting for a professional drapery painter to come and fill in old Wilberforce’s outfit, but it does lend a very beautiful and romantic air to the piece when it’s incomplete πŸ™‚ Lovely dress and lovely pick of paintings – a perfect mother and daughter day out!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • Jo Fisher

    I adore visiting London with my Mum – and I try to go to the BP Portrait Award every single year i can’t wait to go in a couple of weeks! London’s museums and galleries are always a joy – it’s lovely to read about someone who is equally as passionate about it as I am!

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

  • I love this post. Just… everything about it.

  • You two look so alike!

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  • dani burgess

    I love your blog but something about this post has made it my favourite.

    You and your Mum are beautiful and everything that ladies should be!

    http://frecklesandfrenchies.blogspot.co.uk