Needing some stock still photography for a theatre backdrop for the new ‘Illusion’ series of dioramas, last Friday we crossed the river Thames to the Fulham road in London to Brompton Cemetery. An imposing ‘Place of Rest’ designed by Benjamin Baud around 1840.
After the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, London became the world’s commercial capital. Its population increased from 1 million in 1800 to over 2.6 million by 1850. Consequently the inadequate sanitary conditions led to endemic disease and the existing burial grounds were unable to cope. Parliament authorised the establishment of seven commercial cemeteries around London, of which Brompton is an outstanding example. It was known as the West of London and Westminster Cemetery.
One of the images will be chosen for the small theatre diorama ‘faux perspective’ backdrop, printed by inkjet printer onto thin watercolour paper and then transferred to cotton sheet by an image transfer process. This involves coating the print (print side up) with a transfer solution pressing the paper and cotton sheet together and then soaking the paper off leaving the image which can take on a painterly quality. The cotton can then be abraded and stained with walnut ink to age it.
More details on this process later.
The Great Circle at Brompton Cemetery.
- Going Out In Style: The Eerie World of London’s Victorian Cemeteries (theprodigallondoner.com)