One afternoon last week, we spent a few interesting hours at the Russell-Cotes Museum, on the East Cliff at Bournemouth. The museum is the former home of a wealthy Victorian couple, Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes. Sir Merton developed the grand Royal Bath Hotel, which is next door to the house. Together, the Russell-Cotes` travelled widely and collected many strange and interesting objects from around the world. They amassed an Art Collection which includes works by Alfred Munnings, Danti Gabriel Rossetti and numerous other contemporary artists.
This Summer`s Exhibition, The De Morgans and the Sea, highlights the stunning ceramics and paintings of Arts and Crafts artists William and Evelyn De Morgan. We were keen to see this and loved the work that was on show.
These photos were taken on my camera phone as we walked down the sloping clifftop path towards the museum entrance. The cliff`s wild slopes were a mass of bluebells and whitebells in bloom.
Sun shone through the clouds above Poole Bay and the Purbeck Hills.
The Museum, once a home, has bay windows overlooking the sea. In the formal gardens, azaleas flowered among the statues.
......and the path to the grotto.
From the upstairs windows of the house, once the main bedrooms, these must have been wonderful views to wake up to in the morning.
The dome shaped roof is that of a new restaurant building at the Royal Bath Hotel. Behind it, the West Cliff of Bournemouth stretches towards Poole Harbour. As we watched the sun beginning to dip in the afternoon sky, rain was falling in the west, over the distant heathland of Purbeck.
More about the Russell-Cotes Museum and its collections is at
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