Between Folds / Royal & Noble Authors

A series of Portraits that Illustrate The Earl of Orford’s Catalogue of ‘Royal and Noble Authors’. Printed by J. Barfield and published by S. Harding; 1803.
146 x 118 cm
2011

This work not only explores the authors deemed ‘royal and noble’ from the eleventh to the nineteenth century, but the power of portraiture itself. Made to remember, the haunting gaze of these figures follows you across every gilded angle of the page, as they are assembled across the composition according to the pointed direction of their stare. Opening eyes with each fold, Francisca awakens these authors to look out from beyond the grave, painstakingly matching each forgotten name to its face. Finally, in a mathematical flourish, the characters are cast around the shape of a question mark; we may know their names, but who were they and what literary works of their own did they leave behind?