Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 17.00
Last entry at 16.30
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays
Admission is free
Charlotte Cory is 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.
I remember my astonishment and excitement the first time I visited the Soane Museum. It was the day i finished school and a post A-level treat. This might have contributed to the joy but what i distinctly remember from that visit was the picture gallery. Not just the phenomenal Hogarth series etc but the way they were hung on doors that swung open. I have always been the most terrible accumulator - of books, shells, Victoriana. You name it, I collect it. But here I had met my match. Clutter was good. Extravagant clutter even better. Over the years i have often been back. I have lingered for hours in each of the rooms - i think some of the attendants must have been alarmed at the way i drifted into a dithering daze. Perhaps they thought I was planning to pilfer something. I still find myself mesmerised by the house. By the glorious collections, yes. But also the light wells, the mirrors, the… Well, everything really. When i was first invited to create artworks for the Museum, at first for their various fundraising auctions and latterly for the lovely shop, I leapt at the chance. Here my characters can wander as I do. They are Visitorians (based on 19th photographic calling cards, carte-de-visites) and where better to visit and linger than Sir John’s Museum. There was always, by tradition, a resident cat at the Museum and of course Lady Soane had her little Manchester terrier, Fanny - but now, thanks to me, the Museum also has crocodiles, stoats, mice, rats, bears and tigers…