Prospect Cottage: Derek Jarman’s House


This book is not yet published, but will be available from April 2024.

ISBN: 9780500027233 Category:

Gilbert McCarragher


Thirty years after Derek Jarman’s death, we are finally allowed inside Prospect Cottage, a house that encapsulates the filmmaker’s vision of the world.

This is a companion and follow-up to Derek Jarman’s Garden, 28 years in print and 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.

Organized room by room, McCarragher’s photographs are accompanied by reflective essays that take the reader inside the cottage and reveal something of its history and the experience of photographing there. McCarragher compares the house to a camera, with a dark interior and light coming in through various openings, carefully measured and calculated by the filmmaker. If Jarman’s garden is key to his lively and life-affirming outside universe, the house is a bit like his soul, his mind, a microcosm of his worldview.

Additional information

Weight 840 g
Dimensions 18.2 x 24.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 4 April 2024
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Frances Borzello
Dimensions 18.2 x 24.8 cm
Weight 840 g


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Gilbert McCarragher is an artist and photographer based in London and Dungeness. His architectural photography is featured extensively in books and magazines including El Croquis, Domus and John Pawson Plain Space (2010). As an artist, he works in multiple photographic mediums, and has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Jerwood Space and the Wapping Project.