Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Victorian Undertaker and The Victorian Cemetery

These two books came from Highgate Cemetery. I was intrigued to find books on such subjects. Then again at some point I wanted to be a mortician when I grew up. The books are insightful and make you wonder what life was like back then. In the Victoria era death... or funerals were such rituals and sometimes pageantry was not reserved for the wealth of kings or queens. There was protocol which lent to the meticulous details and  the method of mourning. Interesting! - JW 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised

We kept popping in and out of art galleries on the trip to England. Susan Aldworth's installation, The Portrait Anatomised, I found quite profound. It was tucked away just down the hall from the Duchess of Cambridge's official portrait. In it's own separate little room, baring three walls. All three walls had just about ceiling to floor art pieces. I marvelled at the contrast and the depth of such an installation. When leaving the gallery we stopped by the gift shop, found and purchased the book regarding her installation. It was the last copy they had. Number 237/750.     

It comes with three fold outs and a booklet detailing The Portrait Anatomised. To find out more about Susan Aldworth's The Portrait Anatomised go to the National Portrait Gallery website and search Susan Aldworth or you can click *HERE* . - JW