Ada, Countess of Lovelace, was the daughter of Lord Byron and the product of the poet’s year-long marriage to Annabella Milbanke in 1815. Ada worked as a mathematician, assisting the mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage (1791 –1871) in his work on mechanical computers. This picture is usually found in the Pillared Room in 10 Downing Street. Take a tour: http://www.number10.gov.uk/history-and-tour/virtual-tour-of-number-10/
One of a series of views along the Thames, John Virtue’s monochromatic landscape shows the dome of St Paul ’s Cathedral set against a white background. He employs various painting methods, using different tools that include brushes, rollers and spray guns. Diane, a member of staff, said this 'stopped me in my tracks when I saw it displayed in the State Rooms lobby whilst rushing by one day.'
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