Send in That Proposal!

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on August 25, 2009

Clock in the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (Photo by Alves Gaspar, Wikimedia Commons)

To recap some previous posts as due dates approach:

  • August 28 – Proposals for an edited collection of essays, Women of Fashion: Popular Culture in the Eighteenth Century and the Eighteenth Century in Popular Culture, edited by Tiffany Potter (University of British Columbia).
  • September 1 – Submissions for the Catharine Macaulay Prize, awarded annually for the best graduate student paper on a feminist or Women’s Studies subject presented at the ASECS Annual Meeting or at any of the regional meetings during the academic year.
  • September 1 – Paper proposals for a conference to be held in London at the National Gallery, in March 2010 on Correspondences: Exchanges and Tensions between Art, Theatre and Opera in France, c.1750-1850.
  • September 1 – Session proposals for the annual CAA meeting in New York in February 2011.
  • September 1 – Paper proposals for the annual CAA meeting in Chicago in February 2010, specifically for the panel hosted by the Historians of British Art, “Young Scholars’ Works in Progress.”
  • September 10 – Paper proposals for a conference to be held in Salem, Massachusetts in March 2010 on Visual Arts and Global Trade in the Early American Republic.
  • September 15 – Paper proposals for the 2010 ASECS conference in Albuquerque, March 18-21.
  • September 18 – Proposals for an edited collection of essays on Sociability and Cosmopolitanism: Social Bonds on the Fringes of the Enlightenment.
  • September 30 – Proposals for the 2010 ISECS interdisciplinary seminar for junior scholars, to be held in Belfast in August 2010 on the theme of Cultural Intermediaries.

Update on the Conway and Witt Libraries at the Courtauld

Posted in resources by Editor on August 25, 2009

The following letter was posted to the CAAH List earlier today:

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Sent on behalf of Professor Deborah Swallow:

I am writing with an important update on the opening times and service provided by the Witt and Conway Libraries. The Courtauld is pleased to confirm that the Witt and Conway Libraries will remain open to the public five days a week and the Photographic Survey collections will continue to be accessible by appointment, contrary to concerns recently expressed by some members of the art community. Please see the attached notice for further details. As you may be aware, The Courtauld, like other higher education institutions worldwide, has had to review all its operational activities and services in the light of the current economic climate. Those activities that are critical to its higher education function must be provided in the most cost-effective way, and those areas with a negative budget impact managed efficiently and the net cost minimized. It is with sincere regret that, as a result, 6 posts (5.1 FTE) in the Witt and Conway Libraries and Photographic Survey will become redundant from 4 September 2009 and the management structure of these libraries will change.

The Witt and Conway Libraries are unique visual resources for the serious study of art history. They are regarded by The Courtauld as an important dimension of its work as a teaching and research institute and as a valuable asset for students, scholars and researchers. By instigating these changes, and by working together with our supporters and the wider art community, we intend to ensure that these valuable resources will not only be efficiently managed but will also remain available for generations to come.

I would be grateful if you could note the forthcoming temporary closure period for the Witt and Conway libraries which will be closed from 7 September and will reopen on 2 November – as well as the adjusted opening times once it reopens of 11am to 4pm (subject to the usual Bank Holidays).

Professor Deborah Swallow

Märit Rausing Director

‘For Pembroke: Statues, dirty Gods, and Coins’

Posted in journal articles by Editor on August 25, 2009

Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke

1_fullsizeNot for himself he sees, or hears, or eats;

Artists must choose his Pictures, Music, Meats:

He buys for Topham, Drawings and Designs,

For Pembroke, Statues, dirty Gods, and Coins;

Rare monkish Manuscripts for Hearne alone,

And Books for Mead, and Butterflies for Sloane

– Alexander Pope, “Epistle IV, to Lord Burlington” (“On Taste”), 1730s

For Pope – taking aim at those he saw as pretenders to taste – collectors such as Thomas Herbert, the 8th Earl of Pembroke (ca. 1656-1733), stood out as important models, easily aped but rarely emulated in a meaningful manner.


Lenos Sarcophagus (Wilton House Collection)


King's Closet at Wilton House

The current issue (July/August) of Apollo Magazine is dedicated to the Earls of Pembroke and their seat at Wilton House. Francis Russell surveys the paintings of the 8th Earl, Elizabeth Angelicoussis focuses on four Roman sarcophagi from his collection, and John Martin Robinson addresses a set of early eighteenth-century furniture acquired for Wilton House by Catherine Woronzow, the Russian wife of the 11th Earl, in the early nineteenth century from Wanstead House, Essex.

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