Far from being trapped indoors during this stretch of constant rain, The Captain and I have been taking advantage of the free admissions to museums in and around London. With this in mind, we set off to National Gallery in search of horse painting to satisfy Little Miss A’s obsessions with horses. This huge oil-on-canvas painting of Whistlejacket by British artist George Stubbs is a favourite (thankfully, there is a sofa just off to the side) and absolutely stunning.
Whistlejacket by George Stubbs, 1762
It was while we were visiting Whistlejacket that I enquired about children’s activities (the National Gallery has a huge collection but its starts to slim down when your target audience of one will only look at horse paintings). Magic Carpet Storytelling is a firm favourite for the under 5 crowd. Literally, a carpet is rolled out in front of a painting (the location changes each week) and the children are told stories inspired by the relevant painting. It is fun and interactive; a great way to get your little one to enjoy art and learn museum etiquette.
Admission is free but arrive early as spaces are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Sundays from 10:30 to 11:00 am; and then repeated at 11:30 am to 12:00 pm.
Me & Little Miss A