Guidebook to our Charlotte Bronte at the Soane exhibition, curated by Charlotte Cory, which celebrates 200 years since the birth of one of Britain's best loved writers.
Born in 1816 Brontë lived most of her life in obscurity in Yorkshire, but following the meteoric success of Jane Eyre in 1847, she made five trips to London to see her publisher. These trips are the foundation of this small display, curated by artist Charlotte Cory, who brings together an fascinating selection of objects: from the personal effects Brontë brought with her - on loan to the Soane Museum from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire - to Cory's own artworks inspired by these five visits to the capital.
Although Charlotte Brontë's busy itinerary meant that she didn't make it to the Museum, despite sharing Soane's love of Napoleonica and fine art, we are one of the few places in her guidebook to remain the same today as on her visits in the 1840s and '50s. This show is therefore a unique opportunity to bring Brontë to the Museum for the first time, and to reflect on the Soane's position on London's tourist trail - frozen in time - for the past 180 years.
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Charlotte Cory a London based artist best known for her VISITORIANA - a complete, fantastical, "wholly believable" alternative 19th Century. A post-Darwinian universe of reworked, recycled, collaged and montaged Victorian "carte de visite" photography and her own photography combined with taxidermy. A world in which the animals, or "Visitorians" as we must call them now for they are neither wholly animal nor human being, are clearly in charge. Her works are in the Royal Collection at Windsor and have been shown at art fairs all round the world and frequently also at the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibitions in London.
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