Cabinet de curiosités

18 Novembre 2014 – Céline Prest


Voici un article qui récapitule les expositions à ne pas rater sur la période victorienne :

1. Rossetti’s Obsession: Images of Jane Morris, William Morris Gallery, London

2. Poor Man’s Picture Gallery, Tate Britain, London

3. Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy, 1860-1960, National Portrait Gallery, London

4Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Lived and Will Never Die, Museum of London

5. A Victorian Obsession, Leighton House Museum, London

6. Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter


24 Octobre 2014 –  Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin 

These are examples of fish-scale embroidery from Cassell’s Household Guide (1875). This is a
quote from the text :
« THE production of beautiful objects of decoration by no means necessarily involves
great outlay and expensive materials. A knowledge of how to utilise trifles which would
otherwise be valueless, will often enable the housewife to render her home attractive
without expending that money which may be required for other purposes. We are about
to show how a species of exquisitely graceful embroidery may be produced, in which the
chief material employed is nothing more than the scales of one of our commonest fresh-
water fishes »


Fish-scale embroidery 2

Fish-scale embroidery










24 Octobre 2014 –  Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin : 

Elizabeth Parker

This is Elizabeth Parker’s embroidered diary, circa 1830. I usually like to quote the opening
sentence, which I find very enigmatic :


« As i cannot write I put this down simply and freely as I might speak to a person to whose intimacy and tenderness I can fully intrust myself and who I know will bear with all my weaknesses…. »


18 Octobre 2014 – Sara Thornton : 

Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

Superb exhibition at the British Library on the Gothic and its multiple spreadings and
You will see first editions of Gothic novels by Radcliffe, Matthew Monk Lewis, objects and
curiosities including from Strawberry Hill, many first editions of Victorian Gothic literature and
its filmic representations as well as the Hammer Horror and youth culture reinterpretations of
the Gothic. Steam punk, punk rock and gothic fashion.The British Library is selling a number of Victorian gothic objects such as Sweeney Todd razors, bleeding heart plates and sinsiter black carriage clocks. I heard one French couple saying wryly when faced with this array: ‘La British Library ne perd pas le nord..’ 











16 Octobre 2014 – Estelle Murail : 

Article paru dans le Guardian : « The black Victorians: astonishing portraits unseen for 120 years »


From the African Choir posing like Vogue models to an Abyssinian prince adopted by an explorer, a new exhibition spotlights the first black people ever photographed in Britain.


16 Octobre 2014 – Estelle Murail : 

« Sherlock Holmes – The Man Who Never Lived and Never Will Die » 


« This year the Museum of London welcomes an exciting new exhibition, delving into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective; Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. »

15 Octobre 2014 – Florence Bigo : 

« La Maison Dombais & fils » 


If you are interested in global adaptations of Dickens, this is an interesting French  adaptation of Dombey and son dated 2004 (dir. Laurent Jaoui, France Télévisions). Note the gallic spelling « Dombais et fils ». A delicious French and even Balzacian touch, and very good understanding of the novel’s plot(s), adapted to a 19th century rural context, beautifully interpreted by the (famous) French cast. I discovered this while working on my thesis « Charles Dickens et la BBC au XIXème siècle: Réinventions, réécritures, nouveaux publics » at Paris Diderot.


At the British Library – Oct 14th 2014 – Sara Thornton :

Working today at the British Library I am amazed at all the Victorian related activity on view. See the site with the images of Dickens, a Victorian advert for Fry’s Cocoa and the ‘Terror and Wonder Gothic‘ exhibition and the extraordinary searchable catalogues of texts and objects called ‘Victorian Ephemera‘ in the Evanion Catalogue.


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  1. sfeve Auteur de l’article

    Je vais poster cela sur le site.
    Nous avons un groupe Facebook, Société Française des Etudes Victoriennes et Edouardiennes, si vous demandez à le rejoindre vous pourrez poster dessus.


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