Prospect Cottage

Gilbert McCarragher


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This is a companion and follow-up to ‘Derek Jarman’s Garden’, still arguably Jarman’s most popular book. While the garden of Prospect Cottage in Dungeness is much-visited and widely featured, the house has long remained closed to visitors. We are now finally permitted to open the door onto a previously undisturbed, unseen world, itself an artistic testament. The background to the book is a poignant story of love and loss. Following Derek Jarman’s death, Prospect Cottage passed to his partner Keith Collins, who changed only one thing: introducing curtains to prevent visitors to the garden from peering in. When Collins died suddenly in 2018, McCarragher, a friend and neighbour in Dungeness, was asked to record the house. This was the first time a photographer had so extensively documented the cottage, an artwork in its own right, which encapsulates Jarman’s vision of the world.

ISBN: 9780500027233 Category:


‘Its exterior is one of the most photographed in Britain – but the inside of the artist and director’s home has seldom been seen, until now… a riveting portrait of the later years of an important British artist’ Sunday Times

Over a near-decade from 1986, the artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman and his partner Keith Collins created a home and sanctuary at Prospect Cottage. After Jarman’s death in 1994, Collins hung net curtains to shield the home they had shared from the eyes of visitors to Prospect’s world-famous garden.

In 2018, the photographer Gilbert McCarragher, a friend and neighbour in Dungeness, was asked to record the house, a vital artwork in its own right. It was the first time this private world had been so extensively chronicled. Unfolding room by room, McCarragher’s photographs are accompanied by reflective essays that take the reader inside Prospect Cottage, revealing something of its history and his experience of photographing there.

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Weight 0.84 kg
Dimensions 24 × 18 × 2 cm










791.430233092 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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