SPIRITS: YORK | COLLEGE STREET
THE FIRST ACTUAL SPIRIT

SPIRITS: YORK | COLLEGE STREET<br />THE FIRST ACTUAL SPIRIT

YORK | COLLEGE STREET
Graphite and collage on plywood board
20” x 30”

If you’ve read my previous post on York | College Street you’ll know that it’s based on the ghost story of the hapless girl that was entombed in her own home during the plague of 1604. Admittedly it’s not a very cheery motif but it is a fascinating one and it does make a great subject for a Spirits’ piece.

Having torn out and mounted the portrait of the young lady I then found some collage material with a distinctly plague theme, including recipes for prevention, a talisman that theoretically achieved the same end, and cures in the event that neither of these actually worked, and given that the talisman was listed in a 15th century leechbook I don’t think we can assume the best.

Although I should probably point out that a leech book is not a collection of remedies that involve leeches (although some no doubt did) but was so named due to doctors in those days being referred to as a ‘leech’. This was apparently due to the fact that they did indeed use leeches a part of their arsenal of cures and not, as a cynical person may assume, as a result of their exorbitant fees.

Original Artwork : £290.00

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