Poets' Corner itself is a chapel within Westminster Abbey (the Main London Cathedral where William & Kate got married).The chapel is stuffed with statues and plaques dedicated to famous poets The statue of Dryden dominates.
If you or I were to visit, we would be enthralled and be reading all the epitaphs of people such as Chaucer and Charles Dickens who lie here. This is historically and culturally specific to our times, as we venerate them as great historic and literary figures. To Axel Haig (my hero), they were only recently departed and their statues were a pain in the proverbial! He was recording the architecture of the Abbey in seven etchings.
It seems that in installing statues and plaques etc. a lot of the original architecture was destroyed. To Haig, this was vandalism. He saw his seven etchings of the original architecture as , "... a few footsteps in the sands of time, that might soon be obliterated by the feet of others [...] the recklessness with inharmonious mutilations."
So I'm trying to reinforce Axel's footsteps in the sand by drawing the entrance to Poets' Corner - seeing it through hie eyes... and somehow hoping his magic might rub off on me. :0)
Here is his "Altar of the Visitation", Palencia, Spain (1884) 22" x 16"- a print from the original etching plate.
|Axel H Haig (1884)|
It was through this picture that I discovered Haig. I bought a signed copy for only £25 - $40 from a philistine. Here is my copy hanging in my hallway in its original frame. This photograph was meant to display the spinning wheel I had just made, so the view of the picture isn't very clear.