Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood

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Commentary

Period Piece is Gwen Raverat’s memoir of her childhood. Raverat (artist and writer, b.1885) was a granddaughter of Charles Darwin, and her father a Cambridge academic. This image shows her grandmother, Darwin’s widow, in her eighties, at home by the fire at Down, the Darwins’ country house in Kent. Elsewhere Raverat describes her arrival at the house:
‘And as soon as the door was opened, we smelt again the unmistakeable cool, empty, country smell of the house, and we rushed all over the big, under-furnished rooms in an ecstasy of joy. They reflected the barer way of life of the early nineteenth-century, rather than the crowded, fussy mid-Victorian period. The furnishing was ugly in a way, but it was dignified and plain.’ (p.142)

Themes

Human Relationships
Identities
Time

Dominant Representational Strategies

Detail

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Country House
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Unspecified

Activities

Type
Physical States and Actions
Detail
Sitting

Rooms

Type
Social and Sitting Spaces
Historical Terminology
drawing-room

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Elderly
Female

Objects

Type
Furniture
Equipment
Detail
Seating
Heating

Bibliography

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Indirect Cross-References

Names
Raverat, Gwen
Date(s)
1952
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Book
Type
Genre
Other Non-Fictional Prose
Publication
Faber and Faber, 1987, p.145
Copyright
Reproduced by permission Sophie Gurney
Location
Record ID
CG1110