Hours of Devotion 2007

Prix Pictet nominee 2011

PRINT INFORMATION
Edition 12 + 3 A/P. Framed Fuji archival Lambda print in black box frame.
Each embossed with editioned signature title label.
Print size 1: 890 x 590mm . Edition 8
Print size 2: 1810 x 1210mm. Edition 4


Title:
Acts of Parliament

Acts of Parliament Vol. IV
Undated
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. none
Bookplate - none


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Title:
Campbell's Chief Justices

The Lives of The Chief Justices of England Vol. I
John Lord Campbell, LL.D., F.R.S.E. 
1858 [Second edition; originally published 1849] 
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1309
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Curiosities of Literature - Disraeli

Curiosities of Literature Vol I
Isaac Disraeli
1849
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1260
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Cyrano de Bergerac - E. Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac 
Edmond Rostand
1901
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1267
Bookplate - 59 Strand


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Title:
History of Napoleon I - Lanfrey

The History of Napoleon the First Vol. IV
P. Lanfrey
1879
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1819
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Burnet's History of the Reformation

The History of the Reformation of the Church of England Vol.I
Gilbert Burne
1850
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1822
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Imagination and Fancy - Leigh Hunt

Imagination and Fancy or Selections from the English Poet
Leigh Hunt
1846
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1862
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Lectures on Art - Weekes

Lectures on Art
Henry Weekes
1880
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1931
Bookplate - 440 Strand


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Title:
Lives of the Queens of England

From the Norman Conquest Vol. VII
Agnes Strickland
1857
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1313
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Outlines of Astronomy – Herschel

Outlines of Astronomy 
Sir John F.W. Herschel, Bart
1859 [Sixth Edition; originally published 1849]
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1985
Bookplate - 59 Strand


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Title:
Peaks, Passes, and Glaciers

Peaks, Passes, and Glaciers
A series of Excursions by Members of the Alpine Club
1859
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 2003
Bookplate - 440 Strand


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Title:
Plurality of Worlds


Of the Plurality of Worlds. An Essay
Published anonymously
1859
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 2026
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts



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Title:
Byron's Poetical Works - Don Juan

The Poetical works of Lord Byron Vol. VI 
1856 [Cantos IV-XVI of Don Juan]
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 2034
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Wordsworth’s Poetical Works

The Poetical Works Of Wordsworth
Undated, but c. 1880-1889
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 2046
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Russell’s Modern Europe

The History of Modern Europe Vol.IV
William Russell 
1850
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 3414
Bookplate - 59 Strand


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Title:
Dante - Cary

The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise 
Dante Alighieri
Translated by The Rev. Henry Francis Cary, MA
1847 [A New Edition, originally published in 1814]
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 2302
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Truths Illustrated

Truths Illustrated by Great Authors
1852
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 2274
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Smith’s Wealth of Nations

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes 
of the Wealth of Nations.
Adam Smith
1828
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 2324
Bookplate - Angela Burdett-Coutts


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Title:
Dickens Works – Edwin Drood etc

Works of Charles Dickens Vol.XXX
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and other Stories 
Undated, but c. 1873-6
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 1558
Bookplate - 59 Strand


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Title:
Works of Thackeray- The Four Georges - English Humourists

The works of William Makepeace Thackeray  
Vol. XXIII
1889
Coutts & Co. Library cat. no. 2378
Bookplate - 440 Strand


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STATEMENT
In 2006, Coutts & Co, one of the oldest and most prestigious banking firms in London, commissioned the artist, Veronica Bailey, to explore its remarkable archive, which dates back to the bank’s foundation in 1692, with the intention of inspiring a new body of work that both “creates
a Coutt’s narrative, as well as visual intrigue”

For her solution, Bailey unlocked the glass-fronted cabinets of the Old Staff Library, located on the fourth floor at the Coutts headquarters, 440 Strand. During this process she examined over 1,000 books, many bearing fine tooled leather bindings with luscious marbled or gilded page edges.

The Old Staff Library was established in the 1850s by Thomas Coutts’ granddaughter, Angela Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906), who donated a substantial number of her own books to the collection. Visiting the library regularly, Bailey developed an alternate narrative by focussing on a specific selection of titles, published between 1800 and 1901. During this process, she re-interpreted the Coutts books as Neo-gothic monuments, reflecting a wealth of architectural splendour and decoration; evidence of a wealthy and prosperous economy within the banking world of nineteenth century Britain. The final assemblage of artworks represent the spirit of that time - from significant changes via war, social discontent, self-reflection, to new economic and technical advancements. Within Hours of Devotion lies a collective shift in consciousness, centred upon the realms of religion, politics, and culture - it is a unique portrait of concerns and aspirations.

PRINT INFORMATION
Edition 12 + 3 A/P. Framed Fuji archival Lambda print in black box frame.
Print size 1: 890 x 590mm . Edition 8
Print size 2: 1810 x 1210mm. Edition 4


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All artwork and images © Veronica Bailey 2016.