How did these books get to our library in Lincoln?

Where did you come from?


Emily Cox 20131

The inside page of one of the books, (Photographed by Becky Sowter)

We found some fantastic 100 year old books for sale in the library and Becky noticed an inscription from an ‘Elizabeth Esteve-Coll’ mentioning ‘Arles, September 1974′. I did some research and found out she is a Dame an academic and former museum director. It turns out she was the previous Chancellor for the University of Lincoln so we presumed she would have given the trilogy to the Library. So we asked at the front desk if they had any information. These books were actually donated to the library but they could not tell us who by. After looking further into the place and date she had written underneath I discovered that Arles is a sacred destination for religious art and is known by many as ‘the soul of Provence2. Arles is known for its Roman and Romanesque sculptures and Vincent Van-Gough lived in Arles and produced over 300 paintings during his time there.

After reading all this information I decided that the note on the page must have been where Elizabeth bought the book from and the date. Only a few museums in the area were open during this time as many are now new builds due to Arles’ art popularity. The Calvet Museum in Avignon was a building opened in 18th Century, that now houses works from the 16th to the 20th Century. This all links to the content of the books we have from the library and is definitely the area she bought the books from. Becky has managed to find the address of Elizabeth Esteve-Coll and has asked her to reply with where she got the books from. Until then it is still a bit of a mystery.

We decided it could be interesting to use these books as the dresses, taking the Romanesque sculptures as a reason for becoming the art. I wonder where this will take us now!

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  1. “L’art Religieux du XIII Siecle en France etude sure l’icongraphie du moyen age et sur ses sources d’inspiration” – “Religious Art in France of the XIII Century Study of medieval iconography and its sources of inspiration” []
  2., Accessed 10/3/13 []
Posted: March 10th, 2013
Categories: Les dames des livres, Library, Marina Abramovic, Performance Art
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