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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

The Child is Father of the Man

Feb 15 – Nov 7, 2021
Main Street, Cockermouth, UK, CA13 9RX

Dorothy Wordsworth, the sister-turned-muse of her older brother, the poet William Wordsworth, refused to attend his wedding. When a guest informed her that the deal was sealed, she fainted. This exhibition, staged at William and Dorothy’s childhood home in Cockermouth, England, examines how their adolescence—spent outdoors, not far from the Irish Sea—and a seven-year separation after their mother’s death in 1778, shaped their relationship as well as their writing. One of the prized possessions displayed in the house: Dorothy’s 251-year old, hand-sewn baby bonnet. —J.D.

A Dorothy Wordsworth bonnet © Wordsworth Trust.