MR SMITH'S PATH TO MATRIMONY

MR SMITH'S PATH TO MATRIMONY

The Path to Matrimony was a late-Victorian board game concerned with the progress of courtship and marriage; a spiralling race forwards or backwards according to the board’s directions and a throw of the dice… George Joseph Smith was a bigamist who murdered three of his nine brides, cruelly appropriating their clothes, possessions and money. His duplicitous life was strictly compartmentalised, the full picture only becoming apparent when brought together at his trial.

 

Echoing the concealment of wartime maps on handkerchiefs seemed an appropriate way to convey his actions; these small cloths are personal items, often embroidered with an owner’s initials while demonstrating fashion and status in their design. Their use in intimate moments of sadness and distress is not without poignancy.

(2011) transfer-printed vintage handkerchiefs: 800 x 800 mm

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