Charlotte Cory

Biografical Note

CHARLOTTE CORY (left) 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 photography and taxidermy in which the animals are clearly in charge.  Her work is in the Royal Collection at Windsor and has often been shown at Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibitions.    There are four books of her artworks currently available together with a beautiful set of playing cards and her work can be found on wallpapers.  The Sir John Soane Museum in London produce a range of stationery and homeware based on her artwork. 

The Visitorian Artist/Photographer

(left) leaning outside his shop watching the world go by after a busy day behind the lens.  His customers have gone to the seaside today and he would like to have gone there to.  Sadly he has a living to make.

Charlotte Cory's exhibition CAPTURING THE BRONTËS showed simultaneously in the autumn of 2013 at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth (where it proved highly controverial) and at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate (where the local press described her alternative Brontë museum as "utterly brilliant") before moving to London in February 2014.  At the opening of the latter, a terrifyingly delicious gin based cocktail  was served.  This was entitled "Branwell Brontë's Ruin" - and mixed (amongst other exotic ingredients), two cult gins that enjoy Charlotte Cory's artwork on their labels: Colonel Fox's London Dry Gin and Gentleman Badger's Sloe Gin.  

Visitorian map printed on silk for exhibition during the Olympics London 2012

Charlotte Cory's pictures have been described as exquisite short stories, told without words.   Her studio contains an enormous 1860s Columbian printing press with an iron eagle on top and for years her woodcuts adorned many bookcovers and magazine pages - she did the logo for Bloodaxe Books (1985) who also published a book of her woodcuts, The Turnspit Dog with the poet Pamela Gillilan (1993) - and a number of these early works are now quite collectable. Here (left) is the cover of Sylvia Plath's Ariel with tulip woodcut by Charlotte Cory (right) published by Faber and Faber in 1983.

Last time Charlotte Cory moved house, she had to get rid of the kitchen to create space for the enormous cast iron 1860s Columbian Press with its magnificent iron eagle on top. Her Visitorians, though, would feel quite at home, as the newspaper magnate (right) readily attests.

The Sir John Soane's Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London is a natural haunt of Visitorians - in fact their Visitor Books (dating back to Sir John's time) hold a great fascination for them. Of course they do.  And for Charlotte Cory, also, who has produced a range of silk scarves, bone china, prints and other merchandise (including a colour-coordinated Limited Edition Teasel) and Christmas cards (see left) exclusively for their beautiful shop.