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Graphite and collage on board
20” x 30”

Whitby’s gothic heritage

Main Portrait
Spirit of Gothic

Graphite on 130g Snowdon white cartridge paper
Hand made paper

Book Extracts:
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Document Extracts:
The earliest surviving document that references Bucharest, Romania’s capital and signed by the original Dracula, Vlad Tepes, ruler of Wallachia from 1436 and known as Vlad the Impaler.


Although largely relevant to the Goth community who descend upon the town twice a year for the goth festivals, Whitby’s gothic romance began back in the summer of 1890 with the arrival at Mrs Veazey’s guesthouse of Bram Stoker.
At that stage Stoker was working on a story set in Austria about a character named Count Wampyr, but the narrow streets and dominating ruins of the abbey appear to have led him away from a foreign set tale and inspired him to relocate the main events of his story in England.
A visit to the local library resulted in Stoker reading a book about Bucharest, wherein was mentioned the now infamous Vlad Tepes, although the author, William Wilkinson, referred to him as ‘voivode Dracula’ and a footnote helpfully explains that Dracula in the Wallachian language translates to Devil.
Stoker was clearly captivated by this and although the count in his novel bears little resemblance to Tepes he does bear the name Dracula rather than Wampyr.
Although Dracula is residing in Transylvania at the start of the novel his journey to England brings him to the shore of Whitby. Alighting in the form of a large black hound, Whitby’s association with gothic fiction had begun.

Thanks to Thomas Paylor at the Whitby Guide for some invaluable information used in the research for this artwork:

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