Charlotte Cory

Charlotte Cory

About Charlotte Cory

CHARLOTTE CORY is a London based artist and writer best known for her VISITORIANA - a complete, fantastical, "wholly believable" alternative 19th Century.  A post-Darwinian intriguing universe of reworked, recycled, collaged and montaged Victorian "carte de visite" photography and her own photography combined with taxidermy.  This is a world in which the animals - or "Visitorians" as we must call them now for they are neither wholly animal nor entirely human being - are very definitely in charge.  Her artworks are in the Royal Collection at Windsor, and have been sold at art fairs all round the world, and exhibited in galleries in Britain, France and Germany, the USA and including the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibitions in London.   There are six books of her artwork currently available together with a beautiful set of playing cards and her images can be found on silk scarves and wallpaper.   The Sir John Soane's Museum in London produces an exclusive range of stationery and homeware based on her artwork to sell in their shop which has a corner devoted to her wares.  She divides her time between Greenwich on the River Thames,where she has a big 1863 Columbian press with an eagle on top, and Sancerre on the River Loire, where she works on a small cast iron 1832 Albion press, that once belonged to the wood engraver and a friend, Joan Hassall.  It's a Tale of Two Presses...  Cory's artwork is represented by the Woolff Gallery, in Charlotte Street in central London.

Charlotte Cory is also the author of 3 novels published by Faber and Faber and numerous original BBC radio drama series, broadcast short stories and plays.  She has written extensively for the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Country Life, Mail on Sunday etc etc  Her life is dominated by a mischievous, highly opinionated but adorable wire-haired fox terrier called Bessie...


Found on a blog recently (published Nov 2014):

What is it about pictures of creatures with animal heads and human bodies, often in uniform? They are undoubtedly charming and very popular at the moment – but why? Because when you think about it, it is a little curious…

We think it can all be traced back to Charlotte Cory, who is now the Artist in Residence at the Gilbert Scott Bar at the gothic St Pancras hotel. In 2007, she held an exhibition in London called ‘Charlotte Cory’s Cabinet of Curiosities’. The idea behind it was to create photographs using Victorian photographic visiting cards and stuffed animals, which she calls ‘visititorians’, so as to avoid describing them as people or animals. This led to a book ‘The Visitors’ and subsequent projects such as an exhibition at the Globe Theatre and an installation at Haworth Parsonage (home of the Brontës). She also produces furniture with some of her designs – have a look on our Pinterest board. You can see Charlotte’s work on her web site. We don’t like to gossip but apparently the Queen has two of her pictures…

In the last few years, creatures bearing the clear influence of her work have started appearing on cushions and prints all over the place, making visitorian charm available to a wider market. Evans Lichfield have some lovely cushions and our fine naval man came from Fab Funky, where there is an amazing selection of prints (and great customer service).