Saturday, 14 November 2009

I have so far created a number of new images for 'Nil Desperandum', a show at Knill House, St Ives, Cornwall. These works are still to be completed and then collaged. i am working to the following text.
"Amongst the bequests are no less than fifty - six gold rmgs, of five guineas each, distributed on neai'ly equal ntimbers to friends and relations. Those intended for the ladies are mounted with a small plait of hair surrounded by twelve pearls, whilst those for gentlemen had a similar de\dce sur-rounded by twelve small diamonds. A handsome annuity was also settled on the faithful servant who kept his chambers".
John Knill was a Collector of Customs, Mayor and Customs Officer, Magistrate, Treasure and smuggler. He had a mausoleum built to house his body which remains to this day in St Ives and the town celebrates every five years in spending £25 on distinct ceremonies to celebrate his life.

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