Saturday, March 1, 2014

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Industrial Gallery - The Soho House Sphinxes

A few nice photo galleries images I found:


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Industrial Gallery - The Soho House Sphinxes
photo galleries
Image by ell brown
Now that I know that you can take photos inside the Birmingham Musuem & Art Gallery, thought I'd go along and take what I wanted (not the paintings).

This is in the part of the museum near Great Charles Street Queensway.

On Friday it opened at 10:30am and I got here just in time before the crowds showed up.

The Industrial Gallery - usually I keep forgetting to go this way.

But then I started in reverse order than usual (Great Charles Street entrance to Chamberlain Square entrance / exit).

Been wanting to take these for a while.

Sure I saw them 3 years ago near the Gas Hall entrance.

The Soho House Sphinxes.

I believe that there are plans to move them back to Soho House, so wanted to get them in the Museum & Art Gallery before they move them.

Made of Carved Portland Stone. Supplied by Edward Gray Saunders in 1795.

Originally they were either side of "Sphinx Walk" in the landscaped garden created at Soho House.

They were up for auction in 2001, and the Birmingham Museum managed to secure a licence to purchase them due to their national importance.

The spinx on the left.


The Industrial Gallery is all in exposed ironwork: seven aisled bays with columns in two tiers, semicircular arcades and cross-arches in the aisles, larger semicircular trusses supporting the roof, all of them exposed I-beams with the rivets prominent. Like a classical version of the Oxford Museum; but the immediate inspiration must be J.H. Chamberlain's Board Schools. Huge pendant gas burners. T-plan staircase of 1893, with a different design of railings.

From Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham by Andy Foster


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Industrial Gallery - The Soho House Sphinxes
photo galleries
Image by ell brown
Now that I know that you can take photos inside the Birmingham Musuem & Art Gallery, thought I'd go along and take what I wanted (not the paintings).

This is in the part of the museum near Great Charles Street Queensway.

On Friday it opened at 10:30am and I got here just in time before the crowds showed up.

The Industrial Gallery - usually I keep forgetting to go this way.

But then I started in reverse order than usual (Great Charles Street entrance to Chamberlain Square entrance / exit).

Been wanting to take these for a while.

Sure I saw them 3 years ago near the Gas Hall entrance.

The Soho House Sphinxes.

I believe that there are plans to move them back to Soho House, so wanted to get them in the Museum & Art Gallery before they move them.

Made of Carved Portland Stone. Supplied by Edward Gray Saunders in 1795.

Originally they were either side of "Sphinx Walk" in the landscaped garden created at Soho House.

They were up for auction in 2001, and the Birmingham Museum managed to secure a licence to purchase them due to their national importance.

The sphinx on the right.


The Industrial Gallery is all in exposed ironwork: seven aisled bays with columns in two tiers, semicircular arcades and cross-arches in the aisles, larger semicircular trusses supporting the roof, all of them exposed I-beams with the rivets prominent. Like a classical version of the Oxford Museum; but the immediate inspiration must be J.H. Chamberlain's Board Schools. Huge pendant gas burners. T-plan staircase of 1893, with a different design of railings.

From Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham by Andy Foster


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Industrial Gallery - The Soho House Sphinxes
photo galleries
Image by ell brown
Now that I know that you can take photos inside the Birmingham Musuem & Art Gallery, thought I'd go along and take what I wanted (not the paintings).

This is in the part of the museum near Great Charles Street Queensway.

On Friday it opened at 10:30am and I got here just in time before the crowds showed up.

The Industrial Gallery - usually I keep forgetting to go this way.

But then I started in reverse order than usual (Great Charles Street entrance to Chamberlain Square entrance / exit).

Been wanting to take these for a while.

Sure I saw them 3 years ago near the Gas Hall entrance.

The Soho House Sphinxes.

I believe that there are plans to move them back to Soho House, so wanted to get them in the Museum & Art Gallery before they move them.

Made of Carved Portland Stone. Supplied by Edward Gray Saunders in 1795.

Originally they were either side of "Sphinx Walk" in the landscaped garden created at Soho House.

They were up for auction in 2001, and the Birmingham Museum managed to secure a licence to purchase them due to their national importance.

The spinx on the left.


The Industrial Gallery is all in exposed ironwork: seven aisled bays with columns in two tiers, semicircular arcades and cross-arches in the aisles, larger semicircular trusses supporting the roof, all of them exposed I-beams with the rivets prominent. Like a classical version of the Oxford Museum; but the immediate inspiration must be J.H. Chamberlain's Board Schools. Huge pendant gas burners. T-plan staircase of 1893, with a different design of railings.

From Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham by Andy Foster