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The Seven Ages Of Rodney Archer

July 20, 2015
by the gentle author

In Rodney’s study

I am sure you wish to join me in sending greetings to Rodney Archer the Aesthete for his seventy-fifth birthday today. To celebrate, he is opening an exhibition at his house which illustrates the Seven Ages of Rodney and also inaugurating the Oscar Wilde Room as a shrine to his favourite writer, supplementing the fireplace from Wilde’s house in Tite St, which was installed in Fournier St many years ago, with his prized collection of Wilde memorabilia.

For the last year, Rodney has been collaborating with Artist & Curator, Trevor Newton, to stage shows at his old house as a way to display and sell off items from his vast collection that he has accumulated from the markets in Brick Lane and all over the East End since he moved into Fournier St in the eighties. If you would like to explore the world of Rodney for yourself and wish him happy birthday in person then drop an email to to arrange a visit.

At first, the infant…

Then the whining schoolboy…

And then the lover…

Then a soldier…

And then the justice…

Rodney as he will be in 2046

Rodney’s inner sanctum

Oscar Wilde’s fireplace takes the place of an altar in Rodney’s shrine

Rodney’s collection of Oscar Wilde memorabilia

In Rodney’s study

In Rodney’s garden

In Rodney’s arbour

THE SEVEN AGES OF RODNEY is at 31 Fournier St from Tuesday 28th July until Saturday 15th August at the following times 10-4pm on Tuesday 28th & Thursday 30th July, 2-4pm on Saturday 1st August, 10-4pm on Tuesday 4th & Thursday 6th August, 2-4pm on Saturday 8th August, 10- 4pm on Tuesday 11th & Thursday 13th August & 2-4.00pm on Saturday 15th August.

Numbers are limited and visits are by appointment only.

To receive an invitation, please email saying when exactly you would like to visit and how many will be in your party.

You may also like to read about

Rodney Archer, Aesthete

A Walk With Rodney Archer

At 31 Fournier St

Rodney Archer’s Scraps

Textile Designs at Rodney Archer’s House

Clare Winsten’s Drawings in Fournier St

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Sally permalink
    July 20, 2015


  2. July 20, 2015

    Gosh, I so wish I could fly across the sea and be in attendance!

    Happy, Happy Birthday, dear Rodney, and many, many more ~

    How wonderful to have Wilde’s own mantle and his memorabilia.

    Sending good thoughts and warmest wishes your way ~

  3. Ros permalink
    July 20, 2015

    Happy Birthday Rodney! Good to see you so active and sparky in your community yesterday. Hope to get to your exhibition before it closes.

  4. July 20, 2015

    A very Happy Birthday to Rodney Archer the Collector & Aesthete!

    Love & Peace

  5. Gary Croft permalink
    July 21, 2015

    Many Happy Returns of the day Rodney,from this reader in Melbourne Australia!
    Oscar would be smiling and having a tipple of something suitably decadent for the occasion no doubt up there in Oscar Heaven…..

    And I will drink to your health myself.

  6. September 23, 2015

    Belated best birthday big-up to Rodney Archer; aesthete, artist, boxer, actor and teacher!
    Many happy returns Rodney
    Best Regards

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