I guess the picture above lets the cat out of the bag so to speak but we recently took a sneaky peak around perhaps one of London’s most famous suites – the Monet Suite of The Savoy where Monsieur Claude painted some of his most memorable London scenes.
Taking the Blue Lift this time (love an historic hotel that has a number of different coloured lifts), Suite 618 comes complete with butler service and an unbeatable panoramic view of the capital – even on an overcast day.
Monet himself stayed at the hotel in September 1890 and took two adjoining rooms on the sixth floor, one for himself and one to use as a studio. He stayed almost two months and returned in February 1890. In total, he produced a collection of over 80 canvasses of London showing Charing Cross Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and the Houses of Parliament at different times of the day and under different weather conditions – many sketched from his hotel balcony.
The colour scheme of the hotel seems to echo his palette – these subtle lilacs, creams and sea-greens really work for me too – and the chandelier on this occasion is a rather fetching green … Murano perhaps? Do so love chandeliers and only luxury hotels seem to look after them properly.
Once again, the style of the suite is Edwardian Grand as the River facing rooms are in the oldest part of the hotel, dating from that era.
Can you spot the famous London image here above in miniature and the one below?
You can almost match it with the view from the suite although of course, what Monet would have made of The London Eye is anyone’s business!
Flicking through this book of Monet’s body of work, standing by the window where he would have looked out on, many decades ago, gives you a small frisson of connection with the artist and a brief insight into an illustrious past and a London which perhaps has not changed as much as we sometimes think it has.
For more Claude Monet Suite images, see my flickr stream here.
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Contributor: Sue Lowry
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