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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Finished York | College Street - bit of a delay as I’ve been in Whitby hanging out with the goths…then I had to move flats… but all finished now. Some information about the collage materials used and other details in the blog post and gallery pages so drop by and say hello…
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