After a D Phil in Medieval Art and Literature (York 1985), Charlotte Cory returned to her artwork, initially with woodcuts for book covers and magazines (including the logo for Bloodaxe Books), executed on an 8’ high 1863 Columbian printing press that her life subsequently has been built around. After 3 novels published by Faber and Faber and innumerable radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (with Victorian photography and literature a recurrent theme), she started exhibiting the “Visitorian” series at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate in July 2006 and at Paris Photo in November that year. She has shown regularly in London galleries and at art fairs worldwide, including three times at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and in France and Germany (currently at the Schloss Moyland, Feb – May 2018, as part of Die Zweite Haut). Her work is in the Royal Collection at Windsor. Books of her artwork include The Visitors (publ. Dewi Lewis, 2007) and in 2012 the Globe Theatre produced a book of Shakespeare Quotations Pursued by a Bear and hosted an exhibition of her Shakespearean images with the same title. A fullscale monograph You Animal You! (Blackdog Books, 2012) contained an Introduction by the distinguished writer and historian A N Wilson: “There is laughter in the visions of the world which this book displays; but there is no whimsy in Charlotte Cory. That is what is so disturbing. The art is serious art.”
In 2016 Charlotte Cory curated Charlotte Bronte at the Soane at Sir John Soane’s Museum, a fictitious visit to the Museum while her 5-part drama series Jane Eyre in Babylon was being broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The Soane Museum shop has a whole corner devoted to her characters’ various visits to the museum. Her wallpapers are sold by Graduate Collection and can be seen at the Exhibitionist Hotel in Kensington (from February 13th 2018) where visitors are invited to participate in a special Visitorian colouring-in wallpaper.
Charlotte Cory divides her life between Greenwich on the Thames in London and Sancerre on the Loire in France.
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