Inspired by the sea

Exhibition>> Marine world • the US

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageThe sea evokes awe in most of us. It inspires some to poetry and literature.

This artistic imagination is showcased in an exhibition at Washington’s Folger Shakespeare Library.

Its subtitle, The Ocean in the English Imagination, 1550- 1750, might suggest a lulling drone of academic solemnity, but its main title, Lost at Sea, evokes something tempestuous.

The show draws on rare books and unusual seafaring apparatus.

imageThe exhibition cura tor, Steve Mentz, a lecturer, has keen interest in the history of marine world.

A 1559 book by William Cunningham, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth called The Cosmographical Glasse, Conteinyng the Pleasant Principles of Cosmographie, Geographie, Hydrographie, or Navigation, is on display in the exhibition.

The book describes itself as “a mirror, in which entire cosmos can be discerned”.

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