Alexander Nesbitt Esquire’s Glasshouse of Byfield House

An imagery world capturing a Victorian garden party with distinguished guests to celebrate the Victorian Glasshouse by looking through ‘Beyond the Frame’ of the glasshouse windows ‘looking inwards’ from the outside world by producing a curiosity shadowbox, similar to the Wardian cases used by the plant hunters of the time.

Found objects, text, archival books, watercolour painting, photographs, printmaking are used to create a multitude of layers and depth: recreating a lush tropical scene in a Victorian Glasshouse, in England (1892) at a time when plant hunters and botanists were returning with exotic plants from around the globe. The viewer will see a room of fantasy and Victorian nostalgia.