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Preserving the words

Posted in ART, exhibitions with tags , , , on November 11, 2010 by echostains

 

George Cattermole's Old Curiosity shop

Anyone who reads this blog will know that I’m a big fan of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London which houses many treasures illustrating not only our own culture but the world.  This week the museum is launching a campaign to conserve three of Dickens’s original manuscripts which were acquired from the writer’s home by his friend John Forster and bequeathed to the museum in 1876.  The race is on to restore the priceless originals in time for Dickens’ bicentenary of Dickens’ birth in 2012.

David Copperfield by Phiz

“At the moment we can’t display these manuscripts safely because they are so damaged and so fragile,”

 said John Meriton, deputy keeper of word and image at the V&A.

“They were last conserved in the 1960s, when they were rebound and placed in what are called ‘guard books’. But the backing paper used, unfortunately, was very acidic, causing a lot of stress to the original manuscript leaves.”

A Tale of Two Cities by Phiz

A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and Dickens last unfinished novel manuscript The Mystery of Edwin Drood will all be restored and conserved for the public to see – if the money can be found (which I’m confident it will be).  Dickens has contributed so much to English literature.  He has entertained, prodded consciences and provoked social awareness with his sharp commentaries upon the poor, working conditions and the division of the social classes.  He has cocked a snoot at  the Upper class and championed the orphan.  He should be celebrated!

So, jumping in there way ahead of his bicentenary I am issuing a challenge on Bookstains.  If you would like to take part please click Mr Dickens:-) 

If not – just enjoy the illustrations – I shall be running a fun poll soon to see which Dicken’s illustrator is the most popular (and there are many…)

More about the V and A’s campaign to conserve these precious manuscripts here

Dickens illustration from here and here

London belonged to me – for a bit

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, exhibitions, HISTORY, LONDON (JAUNTS), PAST PLACES with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by echostains

Iggy Pop

We’ve just come back from London where we spent a few days.  We crammed a lot into those days (as usual).  We managed to see the Rock legend Iggy Pop in concert at Hammersmith Apollo (excellent energy!).   We went to a wonderful perfume shop (recommended by Jadepaloma).  Perfume and Iggy Pop – interesting  juxtaposition eh?

Ormonde Jayne comes highly recommended

 

We went to the V and A Museum and took lots and lots of pictures….in fact each once could be a separate post.  We went to Dennis Severs House (which I shall be doing a piece about, and which I hope you find as interesting as we did).  We went on a ‘Secret London’ walk that lasted two hours and found out lots of interesting facts.

Billy Childish

Plus we were in time to see the Billy Childish exhibition at the ICA.  Billy Childish is another interesting person who I need to write about.  We went in the French House in Soho as usual, got ripped off with what we unlaughingly refer to as ‘Turpin Taxis’ – though at least he had the courtesy to wear a mask!  Lots to write about plus a new category……..

Dennis Severs pic from here

Iggy Pop pic from Here

Billy Childish pic here