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Details sur la Fin Du Monde und weitere Werke von Courtney Blazon

Details sur la Fin Du Monde
96 x 48 inch (w x h)
Pen
Marker and Oil Pastel on Paper

In the Swiss Alps, glaciers advanced at a record pace, in one instance damming a river as it flowed from a narrow valley. Behind the dam, a new lake formed and grew rapidly. When the ice dam gave way, the lake water burst forth violently in a huge flood, sweeping away everything in its path for miles downstream. Lord Byron and his personal physician, Dr. John Polidori, rented the Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva in Switzerland for the summer of 1816. Percy Shelley, Mary Godwin, and her step-sister Claire Clairmont, were frequent visitors. The stormy weather kept them indoors, where they would amuse themselves by telling ghost stories. Two of the tales they came up with, 'The Vampyre', and 'Frankenstein', became seminal works of Gothic horror.
In Yunnan, in southwest China, cold weather and floods destroyed the rice crop. Famine was everywhere, and in desperation the people turned to growing opium poppies.
As commerce faltered, pirates prowled traditional trade routes across the Indian Ocean. A new strain of cholera took an enormous toll in India. No sector of society was spared. On Sumbawa, relief supplies from the British were unable to save the daughter of the Raja of Sanggar.
In New England, the summer of 1816 was so chilly that it was often referred to as “eighteen- hundred-and-froze-to-death". Death stalked the poor in record numbers as crops failed and prices for bread and produce sky-rocketed. Even former president Thomas Jefferson was driven further into debt. Desperate for an explanation for the repeated crop failures, many people turned to new religions. Thousands pulled up stakes and headed west, searching for a better climate and more fertile soil.
Across Europe, failed harvests led to widespread starvation among the poor, while the rich turned to religion in an attempt to explain the famine. In Germany, 1817 became known as The Year of the Beggar. In England, dust in the air from the eruption begat brilliant sunsets, providing inspiration for landscape artist William Turner. Showmen with a scientific bent developed elaborate pyrotechnics to mimic volcanic eruptions.
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