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The Chapel at Versailles Turns 300

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on April 30, 2010

Une Chapelle pour le Roi / A Chapel for the King
Château de Versailles, 20 April — 18 July 2010

To mark the tercentenary of the Royal Chapel, the Château de Versailles is devoting an exhibition that presents the genesis of this building and the highlights of its history. Among the works exhibited, the liturgical furniture donated by Louis XIV to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem will be exceptionally on view to the public. The work was undertaken by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1687 and completed in 1710 by Robert de Cotte, and the Royal Chapel of Versailles, a masterpiece of sacred art, became the theatre of the religious ceremonies of the Court. In accordance with the tradition of the Palatine Chapels, it has two levels. The principal gallery, above the entrance, was reserved for the royal family, while the side galleries were for the princes of royal blood and principal dignitaries of the Court; the other faithful were on the ground floor. The organ was placed in the loft over the high altar. Designed by Clicquot, its most famous organist was François Couperin.

The exhibition is divided into four sections:

  • An evocation of the first Chapel (1672), a brilliant prefiguration of the definitive building.
  • The Chapel of 1682, particularly well known from paintings and engravings because it was the religious building used for the longest time in the reign of Louis XIV. Located on the present site of the Salon d’Hercule, it was the scene of the Court’s religious life until 1710.
  • The designing of the definitive Chapel, with drawings and engravings relating to the astonishing project for the dome in the centre of the north wing, up to the final magnificent drawings of the architectural office of Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
  • The decor and the furniture of the Chapel when completed in 1710: sketches and preparatory paintings for the sumptuous compositions of La Fosse, Jouvenet and Coypel will be presented alongside drawings of the carved trophies on the ground floor and documents enabling visitors to get a clearer idea of the furniture that has not survived.

To accompany the celebration of this tercentenary, the annexes of the Chapel will be opened for guided visits (in French): the sacristies, the oratory of Madame de Pompadour, as well as the rooms used by the choristers and the members of the King’s orchestra. These preserved annexes will enable visitors to get a glimpse of the conditions of the daily life of the various incumbents of the Royal Chapel during the Ancien Régime.

London Print Fair Starts Today

Posted in Art Market by Editor on April 29, 2010

The 25th London Original Print Fair
Royal Academy of Arts, London, 29 April — 3 May 2010

Howard Hodgkin, "Night Palm," 1990 Hand-coloured etching with carborundum

This April, sixty-seven leading UK and international exhibitors will be brought together for the 25th anniversary of The London Original Print Fair, making it not only the longest-running print fair in the world but also the longest-running art Fair in London. Each year collectors flock to this established event which continues to offer an unrivalled spectrum of prints, covering all periods of Western art, including Canaletto’s etchings and Hogarth’s engravings, and the work of the great nineteenth and twentieth century printmakers. . .

This year sees a rise in exhibitors from Europe, including the return of 17th- and 18th-century French art specialists A & D Martinez (Paris), Pop Art experts Burkhard Eikelmann (Düsseldorf) and first time Belgian exhibitor Winwood Gallery, who will be showcasing a rare collection of original Hockney prints, selling at a wide price range.

For the first time, the Fair has partnered with the Burlington Arcade, which runs adjacent to the Royal Academy. Britain’s first and most beautiful shopping arcade will showcase a ‘print trail’, focused on the theme of ‘Great British Artists’. Select prints will be on display in stores throughout the Arcade leading up to and during the Fair, and retailers will have a limited number of Fair passes to give away to customers.

For a special loan exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary, Antony Griffiths, Keeper of Prints at the British Museum, has been invited to choose a selection of prints from the collection. Out of the Loop will feature works that have never been on public display and will range from rare 15th century engravings to lithographs from the 1920s. Griffiths says “ I feel the need to bring this subterranean world out into public prominence…it shows you how powerful prints can be.” In addition to the exhibition, Griffiths will be holding a talk and walk through the exhibition at 12 noon on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May. . .

CAA Paper Proposals Are Due on Monday

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on April 28, 2010

The 2011 College Art Association conference takes place in New York, February 9-12. The HECAA session will be chaired by Kristel Smentek and Meredith Martin. Also included here are various sessions related to the eighteenth century. The full Call for Participation is available at the CAA site. Proposals are due by 3 May 2010.

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The Global Eighteenth Century (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture)

Kristel Smentek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Meredith Martin, Wellesley College. Mail to: Kristel Smentek, Dept. of Architecture, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave., 10-303c, Cambridge, MA 02139; or email smentek@mit.edu and mmartin@wellesley.edu

Contemporary debates on globalization have encouraged us  to examine eighteenth-century art and design from an intercultural perspective. We invite papers that address the circulation of peoples and things—between India, Africa, Europe, Asia, and beyond—and explore the mutually transformative potential of such encounters. Topics to be addressed might include visual appropriation and translation, markets, collecting and display, and the political and diplomatic uses of objects. We especially encourage methodologically innovative approaches to analyzing these artistic exchanges and their historical specificity.

New and Forthcoming Books from Ashgate

Posted in books, Member News by Editor on April 28, 2010

From Ashgate’s website:

Denise Amy Baxter and Meredith Martin, eds., Architectural Space in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Constructing Identities and Interiors (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), ISBN: 9780754666509.

Architectural Space in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Constructing Identities and Interiors explores how a diverse, pan-European group of eighteenth-century patrons – among them bankers, bishops, bluestockings, and courtesans – used architectural space and décor to shape and express identity. Eighteenth-century European architects understood the client’s instrumental role in giving form and meaning to architectural space. In a treatise published in 1745, the French architect Germain Boffrand determined that a visitor could “judge the character of the master for whom the house was built by the way in which it is planned, decorated and distributed.”

This interdisciplinary volume addresses two key interests of contemporary historians working in a range of disciplines: one, the broad question of identity formation, most notably as it relates to ideas of gender, class, and ethnicity; and two, the role played by different spatial environments in the production – not merely the reflection – of identity at defining historical and cultural moments. By combining contemporary critical analysis with a historically specific approach, the book’s contributors situate ideas of space and the self within the visual and material remains of interiors in eighteenth-century Europe. In doing so, they offer compelling new insight not only into this historical period, but also into our own.

Contents: Introduction: constructing space and identity in the 18th-century interior, Denise Amy Baxter; Section I Crossing Boundaries, Making Space: The ascendancy of the interior in 18th-century French architectural theory, Meredith Martin; ‘Très belle, agréable, et bien meublée’: the Electoral palace at Saint-Cloud in the early 18th century, Max Tillman; In the right place at the right time: political propaganda in the Archiepiscopal palace of Würzburg, Csongor Kis; Getting plastered: ornamentation, iconography, and the ‘desperate faction’, Katherine R.P. Clark. Section II The Interior as Masquerade: Salon as stage: actress/courtesans and their homes in late 18th-century Paris, Kathryn Norberg; Fashioning bluestocking conversation: Elizabeth Montagu’s Chinese room, Stacey Sloboda; The space of the mask, from stage to ridotto, Marc J. Neveu. Section III The Politics of Display: Improving taste in the private interior: gentlemen’s galleries in post-Napoleonic London, Anne Nellis Richter; A nation of statues: museums and identity in 18th-century Rome, Jeffrey Collins; (Re)constructing an 18th-century interior: the value of interiority on display, Daniel Brewer; Bibliography; Index.

About the Editors: Denise A. Baxter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas. Meredith S. Martin is Assistant Professor of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art in the History of Art Department at Wellesley College.

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John Potvin and Alla Myzelev, eds., Material Cultures, 1740–1920: The Meanings and Pleasures of Collecting (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), ISBN: 9780754661443.

Interweaving notions of identity and subjectivity, spatial contexts, materiality and meaning, this collection makes a significant contribution to debates around the status and interpretation of visual and material culture. Material Cultures, 1740–1920 has four primary theoretical and historiographic lines of inquiry. The first is how concepts of otherness and difference inform, imbricate, and impose themselves on identity and the modes of acquisition as well as the objects themselves. The second concern explores the intricacies of how objects and their subjects negotiate and represent spatial narratives. The third thread attempts to unravel the ideological underpinnings of collections of individuals which inevitably and invariably rub up against the social, the institutional, and the political. Finally, at the heart of Material Cultures, 1740–1920 is an intervention moving beyond the disciplinary ethos of material culture to argue more firmly for the aesthetic, visual, and semiotic potency inseparable from any understanding of material objects integral to the lives of their collecting subjects. The collection argues that objects are semiotic conduits or signs of meanings, pleasures, and desires that are deeply subjective; more often than not, they reveal racial, gendered, and sexual identities. As the volume demonstrates through its various case studies, material and visual cultures are not as separate as our current disciplinary ethos would lead us to believe.

Contents: Introduction: the material of visual cultures, John Potvin and Alla Myzelev; Porcelain bodies: gender, acquisitiveness and taste in 18th-century England, Stacey Sloboda; Women’s home-crafted objects as collections of culture and comfort 1750–1900, Clive Edwards; Spatializing the private collection: John Fiott Lee and Hartwell House, Anastasia Filippoupoliti; ‘Everyone to his taste’ or ‘truth to material’?: the role of materials in collections of applied arts, Nadine Rottau; Collecting/painting harem/clothing, Joan DelPlato; ‘Chinamania’: collecting Old Blue for the house beautiful c 1860–1900, Anne Anderson; From specimen to scrap: Japanese textiles in the British Victorian interior, 1875–1900, Elizabeth Kramer; Indian crafts and imperial policy: hybridity, purification and imperial subjectivities, Julie F. Codell; Collecting peasant Europe: peasant utilitarian objects as museum artifacts, Alla Myzelev; Collecting intimacy one object at a time: material culture, perception and the spaces of aesthetic companionship, John Potvin; Collecting the sublime and the beautiful: from romanticism to revolution in Celtic revival jewellery, Joseph McBrinn; Index.

About the Editors: John Potvin is Assistant Professor of European Art and Design History at the University of Guelph, Canada. He is the author of Material and Visual Cultures Beyond Male Bonding, 1880–1914: Bodies, Boundaries and Intimacy (2008) and editor of The Places and Spaces of Fashion, 1800–2007 (2009).  Alla Myzelev is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Guelph, Canada. She has published on the relationship between Russian and Ukrainian avant-garde and craft, the role of women in the Arts and Crafts Movement as well as the representation of material culture in museums and private collections.

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Tom Dunne and William Pressly, eds., James Barry, 1741–1806: History Painter (Ashgate, 2010), ISBN: 9780754666349.

Bringing into relief the singularity of Barry’s unswerving commitment to his vision for history painting despite adverse cultural, political and commercial currents, these essays on Barry and his contemporaries offer new perspectives on the painter’s life and career. Contributors, including some of the best known experts in the field of British eighteenth-century studies, set Barry’s works and writings into a rich political and social context, particularly in Britain.

Among other notable achievements, the essays shed new light on the influence which Barry’s radical ideology and his Catholicism had on his art; they explore his relationship with Reynolds and Blake, and discuss his aesthetics in the context of Burke and Wollstonecraft as well as Fuseli and Payne Knight. The volume is an indispensable resource for scholars of eighteenth-century British painting, patronage, aesthetics, and political history.

Contents: Foreword: Barry studies from a bicentennial perspective, William L. Pressly; Introduction: James Barry’s ‘moral art’, and the fate of history painting in Britain, Tom Dunne; From oddity to odd man out: James Barry’s critical legacy, 1806–66, David H. Solkin; James Barry’s ‘hairbreath niceties’: risk, reward, and the reform of culture around 1770, Martin Myrone; James Barry: a history painter in Paris in the 1760s, Fionnuala McManamon; ‘Glowing thoughts on glowing canvas’: James Barry’s Venus Rising from the Sea, Margaret W. Lind; Barry, Reynolds and the British school, Martin Postle; Barry and Fuseli: Milton, exile and expulsion, Asia Haut; The politics of envy: Blake and Barry, David Bindman; Reform and revolution: James Barry’s writings in the 1790s, John Barrell; History painting and aesthetics: Barry and the politics of friendship, Liam Lenihan; No 36 Castle Street East: a reconstruction of James Barry’s house, painting and printmaking studio, and the making of The Birth of Pandora, Michael Phillips; Crowning the Victors at Olympia: the great room’s primary focus, William L. Pressly; Barry’s Bosseut in Elysium: Catholicism and counter-revolution in the 1790s, Daniel R. Guernsey; ‘A monument to perpetuate his memory’: James Barry’s Adelphi cycle revisited, David G.C. Allan; Select bibliography; Index.

About the Editors: Tom Dunne is Professor Emeritus of History at University College Cork, Ireland. William Pressly is a Professor in the Department of Art History & Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Alden Cavanaugh and Michael Yonan, eds., The Cultural Aesthetics of Eighteenth-Century Porcelain (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), ISBN: 9780754663867.

During the eighteenth century, porcelain held significant cultural and artistic importance. This collection represents one of the first thorough scholarly attempts to explore the diversity of the medium’s cultural meanings. Among the volume’s purposes is to expose porcelain objects to the analytical and theoretical rigor which is routinely applied to painting, sculpture and architecture, and thereby to reposition eighteenth-century porcelain within new and more fruitful interpretative frameworks. The authors also analyze the aesthetics of porcelain and its physical characteristics, particularly the way its tactile and visual qualities reinforced and challenged the social processes within which porcelain objects were viewed, collected, and used.

The essays in this volume treat objects such as figurines representing British theatrical celebrities, a boxwood and ebony figural porcelain stand, works of architecture meant to approximate porcelain visually, porcelain flowers adorning objects such as candelabra and perfume burners, and tea sets decorated with unusual designs. The geographical areas covered in the collection include China, North Africa, Spain, France, Italy, Britain, America, Japan, Austria, and Holland.

Contents: Introduction, Alden Cavanaugh and Michael Yonan; Rethinking the Arcanum: porcelain, secrecy, and the 18th-century culture of invention, Glenn Adamson; The nature of artifice: French porcelain flowers and the rhetoric of the garnish, Mimi Hellman; Igneous architecture: porcelain, natural philosophy, and the rococo cabinet chinois; Michael Yonan Marketing Celebrity: Porcelain and Theatrical Display; Heather McPherson; Balancing act: Andrea Brustolon’s ‘La Forza’ and the display of imported porcelain in 18th-century Venice, Erin J. Campbell; The Queen’s nécessaire, Alden Cavanaugh; Porcelain, print culture and mercantile aesthetics, Dawn Odell; Sugar boxes and blackamoors: ornamental blackness in early Meissen porcelain, Adrienne L. Childs; Ties that bind: relations between the Royal Academy of San Fernando and the royal porcelain factory of the BuenRetiro, Andrew Schulz; Selected bibliography; Index.

About the Editors: Alden Cavanaugh is Associate Professor of Art History at Indiana State University. Michael E. Yonan is Assistant Professor of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Nebahat Avcioglu, Turquerie and the Politics of Representation, 1728-1876 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), ISBN: 9780754664222.

In this first full-length study of Turkish-inspired architecture in Western Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Nebahat Avcioglu offers a new reading of the notion of cultural frontiers as rapport of heterogeneities rather than separations. Reclaiming turquerie from the confines of inconsequential exoticism and reframing it as cross-cultural art in its own right, Avcioglu analyses hitherto neglected images, designs and constructions linking Western interest in the Ottoman Empire to issues of self-representation and national politics. Investigating how and why Europeans turned to the Turks for inspiration she provides a far-reaching reinterpretation of architectural thought and culture in this period.

Organised as a series of case studies focusing on three specific buildings types — kiosks, mosques, and baths — each representing the first manifestation of their genre to be erected in Western Europe, the study delves into the politics of architectural forms and styles. Avcioglu argues that the appropriation of these types was neither accidental nor merely reflected European domination of another culture but that its process was essentially dialectical and contributed to transculturation in both the West and the East.

Contents: Introduction: toward a cross-cultural interpretation of art; Part I The Kiosk: Stanislas Leszczynski as Ahmed III or the union of the crown and the turban; ‘The Turkish Paradise or Vaux-hall Gardens’. Part II The Mosque: Kew Gardens: the Turkish mosque and the representation of empire. Part III The Hammam: The Turkish bath in Europe. Conclusion: Turquerie from imperial gardens to the Exposition Universelle; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author: Nebahat Avcioglu is Research Coordinator at Columbia University Institute for Scholars in Paris. And Maître de conférence at Sciences-Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris).

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Call for Essays: The Emergence of Impartiality

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on April 28, 2010

From H-Net:

The Emergence of Impartiality: Towards a Prehistory of Objectivity
Proposals due by 30 June 2010

We are inviting proposals for contributions to a volume to be published in the series Intersections. The volume will be edited by Anita Traninger (Freie Universität Berlin) and Kathryn Murphy (Oxford University).

Intersections is a peer-reviewed series on interdisciplinary topics in Early Modern Studies. Contributions may come from any of the disciplines within the humanities, such as history, art history, literary history, book history, church history, social history, cultural history, and history of ideas. Each volume focuses on a single theme and consists of essays that explore new perspectives on the subject of study. The series aims to open up new areas of research on early modern culture and to address issues of interest to a wide range of disciplines.

From the early seventeenth century onwards, the epithet ‘impartial’ (germ. unpartheyisch, fr. impartial, sp. imparcial/desinteresado, it. imparziale) appears in the titles of historical works, works on economy, law, philosophy, and histories of the church and of emerging nation states, to name just a few. This occurs at a time when gaining, teaching, and transferring knowledge was still widely conceived as a fundamentally agonistic activity. Intellectual exchange had been conceptualized as a contest since antiquity, and even the alleged methodological shift from ‘medieval’ dialectics to Renaissance rhetoric (held to mirror the epochal shift from scholasticism to humanism) had not changed the agonistic disposition towards academic practice and the ensuing conceptualization of arguments as fights or duels between opponents. The claim of impartiality would have sat very awkwardly with medieval and Renaissance scholars. (more…)

BHA Dilemma Covered in ‘The Wall Street Journal’

Posted in conferences (summary) by Editor on April 27, 2010

Lee Rosenbaum’s article “A Biblio-File Brouhaha,” which addresses the future of the BHA, appeared last week in The Wall Street Journal (20 April 2010). Additional information on the conference held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on The Future of Art Bibliography in the 21st Century can be found at Rosenbaum’s blog, CultureGrrl.

Hip, hip, hooray and a hearty congratulations!

Posted in Member News by Editor on April 26, 2010

As noted by The Art History Newsletter, the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowships include an interesting representation of art scholars. It’s encouraging to see the eighteenth century represented:

Gauvin Alexander Bailey (Professor of Renaissance Art and Baroque Art, King’s College, University of Aberdeen), “Rococo art and spirituality in South America.”

Mary D. Sheriff (W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Art History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), “Picturing the allure of conquest in 18th-century France.”

Call for Papers: On Hermaphrodites

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on April 26, 2010

From Fabula:

L’hermaphrodite, de la Renaissance aux Lumières
Arras, 26-28 May 2011

Proposals due by 1 May 2010

Bien que l’hermaphrodite ait été l’objet ces dernières années de nombreuses études, tant en France que dans le monde anglo-saxon, en particulier à travers le prisme des gender studies, il mérite qu’on y revienne. En effet, pour ce qui est de la période envisagée, les travaux de Kathleen P. Long pour la Renaissance, de Patrick Graille pour les XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, et l’analyse de Pierre Ronzeaud sur l’utopie hermaphrodite, pour ne citer que les ouvrages les plus connus, invitent à poursuivre la réflexion sur une figure aussi complexe que contradictoire, notamment en ce qu’elle interroge les frontières entre le masculin et le féminin, la norme et le monstrueux, le mythe et la réalité, et se trouve à la croisée de nombreux discours, où se confrontent et s’interpénètrent le médical, le politique, le théologique et le littéraire, entre héritage antique et modernité. (more…)

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Dr. Sloane!

Posted in anniversaries, books, conferences (to attend), resources by Editor on April 25, 2010

In the midst of the disruptions from the volcanic ash cloud, I failed to note the birthday of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), who would have turned 350 years this past Friday (April 16). The physician was an important naturalist, bibliophile, and collector. As outlined in his will, the bequest of his vast collections to the nation provided the foundation of the British Museum. To mark the anniversary, a series of events have been organized at the British Museum, London’s Natural History Museum, and the Old Operating Theatre Museum, as well as in the Northern Ireland village of Killyleagh, where Sloane was born. Although most events took place last week, in June a major conference will be held at the British Library (see below for the schedule). For whatever it’s worth, I have a hunch that Sloane would have been thrilled to have his birthday marked by the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull -C.H.

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In addition, the Sloane Printed Books Catalogue, is an outstanding new online resource. As noted on the BL’s website:

Sloane’s library of approximately 40,000 volumes, now dispersed within the collections of the British Library and other research libraries, is being identified. Bibliographical descriptions are enhanced with information about pre-Sloane provenance, annotations and other copy-specific information. The information accumulated is being made available through a web-accessible database, the Sloane Printed Books Catalogue, maintained by the British Library. The work of this project will form a significant research resource for medical, scientific and intellectual historians of the period.

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From Books to Bezoars: An International Conference Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the Birth of Sir Hans Sloane, Physician, Naturalist and Collector
British Library, London, 7-8 June 2010

MONDAY, JUNE 7

9:30 Registration

10:00 Plenary Session

  • James Delbourgo (Rutgers University), Collecting Sir Hans Sloane

10:45 Coffee

11:05 Sloane’s Origins, Life and Work

  • Mark Purcell (National Trust), “Settled in the north of Ireland”, or Where did Sloane come from?
  • Pratik Chakrabarti (University of Kent), The Voyages of Hans Sloane: A colonial history of gentlemanly science
  • Lisa Smith (University of Saskatchewan), Sir Hans Sloane: Physician of the family

12:15 Lunch

1:10 Specimens and Classification

  • Charlie Jarvis, Mark Spencer, and Rob Huxley (Natural History Museum), Sloane’s plant specimens at the Natural History Museum
  • Savithri Preetha Nair (Independent Scholar), Botanising on the Coromandel coast in the seventeenth century
  • Jill Cook (British Museum), Sloane, elephants and climate change

3:00 Tea

3:20 Sloane and the West Indies

  • James Robertson (University of the West Indies), Knowledgeable readers- Jamaican critiques of Hans Sloane’s botany
  • Julie Chun Kim (Fordham University), The African and Amerindian sources of Atlantic medicine
  • Wendy Churchill (University of New Brunswick), Hans Sloane’s perspectives on the medical knowledge and health practices of non-Europeans
  • Tracy-Ann Smith and Katherine Hann (Natural History Museum), Sloane, slavery and the natural world: New perspectives from community programming

6:30 Reception in the Enlightenment Gallery of the British Museum

TUESDAY, JUNE 8

10:00 Plenary Session

  • Kim Sloan (British Museum), Sir Hans Sloane’s ‘Paper Museum’

10:45 Coffee

11:05 The Culture of Collecting

  • Kathryn James (Beinecke Library, Yale), Hans Sloane and the public performance of natural history
  • Barbara Benedict (Trinity College, Hartford), Sloane’s Ranges: Shifts in Sir Hans Sloane’s literary representation in the eighteenth century
  • Eric Jorink (Huygens Instituut), Sloane and the Dutch connection

12:15 Lunch

1:15 Catalogues, Books, and Manuscripts

  • Alison Walker, The Sloane Printed Books Project
  • Marjorie Caygill (British Museum), Sloane’s catalogues in the British Museum
  • Arnold Hunt, Sloane as a manuscript collector

2:20 Tea

2:50 Sloane’s Book Collections

  • John Goldfinch (British Library), A rediscovered volume of printed and mss fragments from Sloane’s library
  • Julianne Simpson (Wellcome Library), The dispersal of Sir Hans Sloane’s library: A case study from the Medical Society of London collection
  • Stephen Parkin (British Library), Sloane’s Italian books
  • Will Poole (New College, Oxford), Sloane’s books at the Bodleian Library

4:20 Concluding Remarks

‘Curious Specimens’ and the Great Volcanic Cloud

Posted in conferences (summary), on site, site information by Editor on April 20, 2010

Rooftop of Strawberry Hill, April 2010. The new Gothic pinnacles have been recreated from oak. The chimney pots date from the 19th century; they, like the rest of the exterior, will be painted the same original white as the wooden ornaments; yes, it's going to be bright.

The Strawberry Hill Trust was formed in August of 2002 to restore Horace Walpole's Gothic Villa at Twickenham, just outside of London. With a budget of £8.2 million ($13million), the project is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.

Good News: The Curious Specimens conference in London was even better than I had expected (and I expected a lot). The Walpole and Mrs. Delany exhibitions are both stunning as installed, respectively, at the V&A and Soane’s Museum. The conference panels were stimulating, and Saturday’s visit to Strawberry Hill was thrilling (hard to beat a rooftop tour). Many thanks to the organizers, especially Luisa Calè and Lisa Ford but also Michael Snodin, Amy Meyers, Margaret Powell, Alicia Weisberg-Roberts, and Brian Allen.

Bad News: Because I’m caught in the UK under a massive cloud of ash, with irregular access to email, Enfilade will be updated less frequently than normal during the next few days. ‘Caught’ hardly conveys my joy at having a few extra days in London; nor does talk of the ash cloud conjure the wonderful sunny weather that the city is currently experiencing, but it does perhaps suggest the utter strangeness of the situation (and to be fair, for untold numbers of people, the travel freeze is proving to be an horrendous ordeal). Please feel free to continue sending details for any announcements or news items you would like to see posted. I’ll add them as soon as I can. Thanks for your patience. -CH