Conference at Tate Britain: ‘British Art 1660-1735, Close Readings’

Posted in conferences (to attend), exhibitions by Editor on January 31, 2011

From the University of York:

British Art 1660-1735: Close Readings
Tate Britain, 20 May 2011

Sir Godfrey Kneller, "The Harvey Family," 1721 (Tate Britain)

This conference will showcase some of the latest scholarship on art and artists in this dynamic period. Focusing on the detailed study of works of art, the event is designed to open up new perspectives on their place within British culture. This is the second of a series of major scholarly events hosted by the AHRC-supported research project Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735. This three-year project runs from October 2009 to September 2012, and is led by Professor Mark Hallett of the University of York and Professor Nigel Llewellyn and Dr Martin Myrone of Tate Britain.

  • Anthony Geraghty (University of York), Robert Streeter at the Sheldonian
  • Helen Pierce (University of Aberdeen), Francis Barlow: The political animal
  • Christine Stevenson (Courtauld Institute), Court, city, cosmos: meditations of London’s second Royal Exchange
  • Sarah Monks (University of East Anglia), Drawing fire: the van de Veldes, and the imagery and implications of late Stuart naval conflict
  • Jacqueline Riding (University of York), Joseph Highmore’s ‘David Le Marchand’ and the search for Kneller’s heir
  • Mark Hallett (University of York), Genres and Transformations: Reflections on the first ‘Court, Country, City’ display

The conference is free, but you must register to attend. Please email Clare Bond, at cecs1@york.ac.uk, or write to the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York, The King’s Manor, Exhibition Square, York Y01 7EP, with your name, address, and affiliation, if any.

There will be an opportunity at lunch time to see the Court, Country, City Display in Room 3 (see below).

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Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735
Tate Britain, November 2010 — November 2011

Edward Collier, "Still Life," 1699 (Tate Britain)

This display introduces a major new research project, Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735, which will explore how the visual arts developed in these years. The period 1660-1735 was a dramatic time. Many people’s lives were transformed by the restoration of the monarchy, the establishment of a modern economy and government, and the expansion of global trade and empire. In art historical terms, the period covers the time between the appointment of Peter Lely as court painter to Charles II, and the emergence of a new form of modern British art with Hogarth and the St Martin’s Lane Academy in the 1730s.

The ways in which art was commissioned, practiced, viewed and experienced changed dramatically over these decades, as the balance of power between the Court (centred on the monarch), the Country (the land-owning elite) and the City (the urban middle class) shifted. The display divides paintings into groups according to genre – history, portraiture, landscape and still life. These groups may suggest how the
styles and forms of art changed between 1660 and 1735.

The research team would welcome your comments about the works of art you see here, and what you think they tell us about this key period of British history. Please send comments to cccresearch@tate.org.uk. The display can be seen in Room 3, Tate Britain, London, from November 2010 to November 2011.

Additional information and links to the images included in each genre are available here»