I was intrigued by the mosaic pavements in the Portico of the National Gallery in London. They were created by the Russian born Boris Anrep, one of the Bloomsbury Group, a group of artists, writers and intellectuals most active in the first half of the 20th century.
The original mosaics, created in the late 1920s and early 1930s, portray the themes ‘The Pleasures of Life and The Labours of Life’. In the 1950s, a further set of mosaics, ‘The Modern Virtues’ was created. Some of the mosaics feature well-known figures from these periods.
Here is a selection of my favourite mosaics.
Defiance, featuring Winston Churchill
Lucidity, featuring philospher Bertrand Russell
Delectation, featuring ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn
If you’re visiting the National Gallery in London, make sure that you look down to admire the pavement mosaics when you walk through the Portico.