Tate Britain Pictures
The Nativity. A watercolour feminist work by Dorothy Webster Hawksley in 1924.
This nativity scene is peopled almost entirely by females - including rather bizarrely Pandora in her box at the bottom of the picture and the artist herself in grey drawing the scene - apart from the necessary three Kings, Joseph and an ageing shepherd (?).
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A mixed modern room.
A famous triptych from Francis Bacon: Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion.
The Rock Drill, originally by Jacob Epstein in 1915 but reconstructed by Ken Cook and Ann Christopher in 1974.
The strangest art form we stumbled across during our time at the TB was a labyrinthine series of small rooms with no notice, guide or information on the entry door or anywhere for that matter, just a grinning guard telling us to go ahead.
The rooms all had two doors (i.e. you come in one and the adventurous leave through the other) and were small, claustrophobic and primitively dressed. Certainly a giggle but - rather like Tracey Emin's art - we didn't get the message or see the point. Come to think of it, maybe this was a secretive new installation by Tracey, the queen of nonsense?
Tate Britain dining room, apparently serving fine food. Next, Tate Modern Pictures
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Tate Britain is slightly off the tourist track, about a kilometre (3/4 of a mile, 20 minutes pleasant walk along the embankment) south of Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey, on the bank of the Thames.
- Boat. A private ferry runs from Tate Britain to Tate Modern (on the Thames of course) every 40 minutes. But it's pricey.
- Tube. The nearest Underground station is Pimlico, 600m away. Westminster is 750m.
- Buses. The best bus is 87 stopping on Millbank, though 88 and C10 stop on the road behind the Tate, John Islip Street.
- Cycles. There are docking spaces for Barclays
Cycles (aka Boris Bikes) at both Millbank and Atterbury St entrances to the Tate.
- Car. Not recommended though there is limited street pay parking nearby, free after 18.30 and at weekends. Taxis, no problem of course.
Official website: Tate Britain
Photos of attractions nearby: Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace
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