Charlotte Cory

Merging the 19th century worlds of Charlotte Cory’s the Grand Visitoria featuring the ‘Visitorians’ (anthropomorphic characters based on early photographic visiting cards) with tinselled theatrical portraits is a collaboration between Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop and Charlotte Cory who have a shared love of toy theatre, cabinets of curiosities and fantastical stories based in Victoriana. Charlotte uses collage and montage to create her ‘wholly believable’ post-Darwinian universe. The ‘Grand Visitoria’ colouring project plan was hatched over tea at The Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. However, it turned out that with Charlotte’s eavesdropping at our shop in Covent Garden she could read our minds and everything fell into place!