Precious Cargo : Eliza Draper An Absent Presence

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Precious Cargo : Eliza Draper An Absent Presence

2012 - 29th June 12
Shandy Hall


Precious Cargo : Eliza Draper An Absent Presence

The Precious Cargo project focuses on an interpretation of the -absent presence- Sterne had with his -muse-, Eliza Draper, before and during her long sea-voyage to India in 1767. Eliza's half of the correspondence no longer exists although spurious versions were published in the late 18th century. Responding to the published letters (and perhaps the counterfeit versions), Carolyn Thompson, has created an installation within the room in Shandy Hall (not normally open to the public) that Sterne intended especially for Eliza - although she never came to live or stay there. Although absent from Sterne and absent from the house she was ever-present in his mind during the last months of his life

Precious Cargo is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World which is led by Arts Council England in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

For more information visit our 'mini-site' Precious Cargo.

Open everyday except Saturdays 11.00 - 16.30. Free admission (does not include Gardens)

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