Wednesday 16 May 2012

Victorian curiosities from Narnia: Lady Wilson's cabinet @ Wallington Hall

The very top floor of Wallington Hall. Lady Wilson's room of curiosities: stuffed birds, fish, documents, bits of china, fabric, etc. Like a very large scrapbook it houses an impressive array of objects and their labels.
Labels. I wondered about labels as I looked though them. I am assuming, the pseudoscientific nature of the curiosity cabinets allows me to pretend that the labels are all true, while I know, that they may well contain a number of errors or fakes among them. There is a make-believe air about it - if the room contained a pebble from Narnia, it would neither be out of place nor seem any less credible.

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