Esoteric London

No. 365: Folgate Street, E1

Posted in Artistic London by esotericlondon on July 22, 2011

Dennis Severs’ House, 18 Folgate Street, London, E1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens, 1849:

On the very first evening after our arrival, Mr. Barkis appeared in an exceedingly vacant and awkward condition, and with a bundle of oranges tied up in a handkerchief. As he made no allusion of any kind to this property, he was supposed to have left it behind him by accident when he went away; until Ham, running after him to restore it, came back with the information that it was intended for Peggotty. After that occasion he appeared every evening at exactly the same hour, and always with a little bundle, to which he never alluded, and which he regularly put behind the door and left there. These offerings of affection were of a most various and eccentric description. Among them I remember a double set of pigs’ trotters, a huge pin-cushion, half a bushel or so of apples, a pair of jet earrings, some Spanish onions, a box of dominoes, a canary bird and cage…

[The Dennis Severs’ House experience is a visual, aural and olfactory journey through the ten rooms of 18 Folgate Street in the footsteps of the fictional Huguenot Jervis family. Severs created a landlocked Marie Celeste which he described as a ‘still life drama’ and David Hockney apparently called ‘one of the world’s greatest works of opera’. More can be read here. R.D.]

Aut Visum Aut Non!

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