Things: Material Culture at Cambridge

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on January 19, 2012

Programming from CRASSH at the University of Cambridge:

Things: Material Cultures of the Long Eighteen Century
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge, ongoing series

Please note the change to the time and location of the seminar:
We meet alternate Tuesdays 12.30-2.30pm in the CRASSH Seminar Room at 7 West Road on the Sidgwick Site.

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The eighteenth century was the century of ‘stuff.’ Public production, collection, display and consumption of objects grew in influence, popularity, and scale. The form, function, and use of objects, ranging from scientific and musical instruments to weaponry and furnishings were influenced by distinct features of the time. Eighteenth-century knowledge was not divided into strict disciplines, in fact practice across what we now see as academic boundaries was essential to material creation. This seminar series will use an approach based on objects to encourage us to consider the unity of ideas of the long-eighteenth century, to emphasise the lived human experience of technology and art, and the global dimension of material culture. We will re-discover the interdisciplinary thinking through which eighteenth-century material culture was conceived, gaining new perspectives on the period through its artefacts.

Each seminar features two talks considering the same type of object from
different perspectives.

24 January 2012 — Fashion
Professor John Styles (University of Hertfordshire) and Amy Miller (National Maritime Museum)

7 February 2012 — Advertising
Dr Philippa Hubbard (Adam Matthew Digital) and Jenny Basford (University of York)

21 February 2012 — Porcelain
Dame Rosalind Savill (Wallace Collection) and Dr Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick)

6 March 2012 — Artist’s Things
Dr Katie Scott (Courtauld Institute of Art) and Dr Hannah Williams (University of Oxford)

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Visit the external blog at http://thingsc18th.wordpress.com/

Call for Papers: Emblems of Nationhood, Britishness

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 18, 2012

From the conference website:

Emblems of Nationhood: Britishness, 1707-1901
University of St Andrews, 10-12 August 2012

Proposals due by 1 March 2012

George Cruikshank, "Death or Liberty!" 1819 ( The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University)

National identity is a central point of enquiry that is repeatedly called upon in contemporary social and political rhetoric. Our conference, ‘Emblems of Nationhood, 1707–1901’, will address the roots of this theme by discussing depictions of Britain and Britishness in literature, philosophy, and art between the Act of Union in 1707 and the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Over the course of this multidisciplinary conference, we aim to explore how expressions of nationalism have moulded both critical perspectives on national identity and their creative products.

Discussing emblems of nationhood in 2012 is a fitting way to mark the twentieth anniversary of Linda Colley’s seminal account of Britishness, Britons: Forging the Nation, and coincides with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Several broad questions could potentially  be explored in the course of the conference: What did Britishness mean in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and how was it represented and perceived? To what extent is nationalism tied with military events and empire building? How “British” was Britain before the launch of the Empire? (more…)

Call for Papers: Grand Tour Studies in Rome

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 18, 2012

Grand Tour del Terzo Millenio (V edizione)
Ricerche di Storia dell’Architettura dei Borsisti e Artiste e Artisti Stranieri a Roma
La facoltà di Ingegneria dell’Università di Roma – Tor Vergata, 20 April 2012

Proposals due by 23 March 2011

In vista della V edizione della giornata di studio intitolata Grand Tour del Terzo Millenio (V edizione) Ricerche di Storia dell’Architettura dei Borsisti e Artiste e Artisti Stranieri a Roma, che si terrà presso la facoltà di Ingegneria dell’Università di Roma – Tor Vergata il 20 aprile 2012, viene lanciato un call for paper (con scadenza 23 marzo 2012) indirizzato a tutti i borsisti, studiosi e professori stranieri attualmente in Italia che vogliono partecipare alla giornata di studio attraverso una breve relazione di circa 10-12 minuti che presenti i risultati delle loro ricerche relative a Roma: architettura e rappresentazione della città. La giornata di studio vuole favorire lo scambio tra le Istituzioni culturali straniere e l’Università di Tor Vergata, tradizionale luogo di confronto internazionale sulla cultura architettonica.

La giornata di studi apre un dialogo permanente tra l’Università di Roma Tor Vergata e le istituzioni culturali straniere di Roma, attraverso incontri periodici con cadenza annuale. La cattedra di Storia dell’architettura invita gli studiosi delle Accademie straniere a presentare le loro ricerche sulla storia dell’architettura, della costruzione e delle arti a Roma. Questi incontri, che hanno cadenza annuale, sono aperti agli studenti, dottorandi, docenti e a quanti sono interessati allo scambio tra studiosi di scuole e nazionalità diverse.

La giornata di studi è divisa in quattro sessioni:
1- architettura contemporanea (secc. XIX-XXI)
2- architettura dell’evo moderno (secc. XV-XVIII)
3- rapporti tra archeologia e architettura
4- ricerche su architettura e paesaggio
Una discussione finale concluderà la giornata.

Le proposte, riferite esclusivamente ai temi sopra indicati, possono essere inviate sotto forma di un breve abstract (600 caratteri o 100 parole), il cui titolo faccia riferimento a un’area tematica. Esse dovranno essere inviate entro il 23 marzo 2012, all’indirizzo del coordinatore Giuseppe Bonaccorso (bonaccorso@ing.uniroma2.it). Entro il 27 marzo sarà comunicato il calendario definitivo della giornata di studio. La lingua ufficiale del convegno è l’italiano; potranno essere presentati testi e relazioni anche in inglese, francese e spagnolo.

Online Reviews from BSECS

Posted in resources, reviews by Editor on January 17, 2012

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies launched its new online reviewing system at its annual conference in Oxford earlier this month. The site is designed to address Music, Media (of all sorts), Exhibitions, and Theatre, areas of performance which fall within the Society’s remit. The site’s remit is not limited; as can be seen from the reviews the system contained at its launch, it will include reviews world-wide. All those with interests in the 18th century are encouraged to contribute.

The site is under editorship of Matthew McCormack, reviews editor for the Journal of Eighteenth-century Studies; the area editors are Zak Ozmo (Music), Daniel Cook (Media), Alexander Marr (Exhibitons), and Michael Caines (Theatre).

Greetings from Venezia!

Posted in site information by Editor on January 14, 2012

My apologies for the recent interruption in posting. I’m in Venice with fourteen students for our January term and just haven’t been able to spend as much time with the site as I had envisioned (traveling with an eighteen-month old has added its own further complications, if also joys).

Regular posts should resume soon, and I’ll include some of the terrific eighteenth-century offerings I’ve encountered — often as lovely surprises alongside materials from very different periods. In the short-term, thanks for your patience. I’ll be back soon. -CH

Reviewed: Fordham’s ‘British Art and the Seven Years’ War’

Posted in books, Member News, reviews by Editor on January 9, 2012

Recently added to caa.reviews:

Douglas Fordham, British Art and the Seven Years’ War: Allegiance and Autonomy (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), 352 pages, ISBN: 9780812242430, $65.

Reviewed by Kay Dian Kriz, Brown University; posted 8 December 2011.

In ‘British Art and the Seven Years’ War: Allegiance and Autonomy’, Douglas Fordham offers an original and provocative re-interpretation of the emergence of public art and art institutions in eighteenth-century Britain. Scholars have long noted that the 1750s and 1760s were marked by increasing concern about the development and institutionalization of a school of British art. “Why,” Fordham asks, “did the visual arts become a pressing national concern at this moment in Britain’s history?” (1) He argues that any answer to such a question must take into account the “transformative place in British culture” (2) occupied by the Seven Years’ War, which was fought in the middle of this time period (1756–63). And indeed, cultural, political, and military history were deeply intertwined at this moment when the British Empire in America was firmly secured through a war that has largely been overlooked by art historians.

Books about art and war usually focus on military painting; Fordham’s book is much more expansive and ambitious, being concerned with the effects of militarism on the development and organization of the arts, as well as on their subject matter. . . .

The full review is available here» (CAA membership required)

Small Exhibition: Women and Children in Prints after Chardin

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on January 8, 2012

From the Fitzwilliam:

Work, Rest and Play: Women and Children in Prints after Chardin
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 6 September 2011 — 4 March 2012

In 1733 the Parisian artist Jean-Siméon Chardin, who had made his name as a painter of ‘animals, cookware and various vegetables’, began to paint domestic interiors containing women, children and servants. The paintings were an immediate hit, and engravings reproducing certain works soon became available for purchase. This exhibition investigates the appeal of Chardin’s familial imagery for the 18th-century public, and takes a close look at the skill of the printmakers who interpreted his canvases into graphic art.

Charrington Print Room (16)

The 2011 Georgian Group Architectural Awards

Posted in the 18th century in the news, today in light of the 18th century by ashleyhannebrink on January 6, 2012

The annual Georgian Group Architectural Awards were held on 31 October 2011. As noted at the Georgian Group’s website (for an overview of last year’s awards, see Enfilade’s previous post) . . .

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Our Architectural Awards, sponsored by international estate agents Savills, recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the United Kingdom and reward those who have shown the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes. Awards are also given for high-quality new buildings in Georgian contexts and new architecture in the Classical tradition.

The 2011 Awards were presented by Viscount Linley on 31 October 2011. The judges were the architectural historians Dr John Martin Robinson (Chairman), Professor David Watkin and Emeritus Professor John Wilton-Ely; the architecture critic Jonathan Glancey; Lady Nutting (Chairman of the Georgian Group); Charles Cator (Deputy Chairman of Christie’s International); and Crispin Holborow (Director of Country Property at Savills).


A record eighty entries were received, of which nineteen were shortlisted and eight were selected as award winners. The remaining shortlisted schemes were commended.

Restoration of a Georgian Country House

Easton Neston, Towcester, Northants

JOINT WINNER Easton Neston, Towcester, Northants (Ptolemy Dean Architects for Leon Max) 1702 by Hawksmoor for Fermor-Heskeths, who sold up in 2005. External repairs; restoration where possible of Hawksmoor’s original plan form; removal of tanking and cement render in basement; rebuilding of roof of fire-damaged Wren wing and reinstatement of lost dormers; relandscaping of north courtyard.

JOINT WINNER Strawberry Hill, Twickenham (Inskip & Jenkins for The Strawberry Hill Trust) 1750s for Horace Walpole. Building at Risk by 1993. Restoration of fabric, reinstatement of Walpole plan form and decorative scheme. Recreation of selected furnishings, including bespoke damask. External colour scheme reinstated.

COMMENDED Wilton House, near Salisbury, Wiltshire (Coade Ltd, David Mlinaric et al for the Earl of Pembroke) Restoration of cloisters, conservation of stonework and re-display of sculpture collection.

Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting

88 Dean Street, Soho

JOINT WINNER Cockermouth Shopfront Heritage Scheme, Cumberland (By and for Allerdale Borough Council) Sensitive local authority-led restoration of shopfronts in Main Street and Market Place following the severe flooding of November 2009. Concerted effort to emerge from the adversity of flooding with a visually enhanced historic centre. Fifteen shopfronts restored to traditional designs by July 2011.

JOINT WINNER 88 Dean Street, Soho (David Bieda et al for Romil Patel) Meticulous restoration of 1791 shopfront, in particular the overpainted and dilapidated gesso fascia board and the damaged fanlight, backed by extensive research, including paint research.

COMMENDED Creative Ropewalks scheme, Liverpool Coordinated grant and enforcement action by Liverpool City Council to rescue and restore disused and derelict Georgian properties in the Ropewalks. Several properties in Seel Street, a notoriously derelict Georgian street with numerous buildings at risk, have been externally restored.

Reuse of a Georgian Building

WINNER Greenlaw Town Hall, Berwickshire (Adam Dudley Architects for the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust) 1831 by John Cunningham as Berwickshire Courthouse. Redundant and a building at risk since 2001, now restored and reused as office space for local businesses and a community hall.

Restoration of a Georgian Church

St George’s Hanover Sq, London

WINNER St George’s Hanover Sq, London (Molyneux Kerr Architects for the Rector and PCC of St George’s Church) 1720s by John James. Roof and plasterwork repairs, servicing and lighting renewal, restoration of reredos, cleaning of woodwork, reinstatement of original decorative scheme, restoration of clock faces, restoration of gallery pews with reinstatement where lost.

COMMENDED St Peter and St Paul, Wolverhampton (Rodney Melville & Partners for Roman Catholic Church)1729, oldest surviving post-Reformation public urban chapel for Catholics; disguised as townhouse. Extended and altered 1826 by Joseph Ireland as memorial to Bishop Milner. Blighted by 1960s ring road and at risk of demolition; derelict by late 1980s. Restoration since then, now completed with reorganisation of interior; new altar, confessional and crucifix, the last by Rory Young.

Restoration of a Georgian Garden and Landscape

Boughton House, near Kettering, Northants

WINNER Boughton House, near Kettering, Northants (The Landscape Agency and Kim Wilkie Associates for Buccleuch Estates) Restoration of the main structure of the canal system, key water and earthworks features and the grand avenues (over a mile of lime avenues using home grown stock has been planted); repair of garden railings and gates; creation of a new formal landscape element, Orpheus by Kim Wilkie.

COMMENDED Hagley Hall, Hagley, Worcestershire (Reading Designs for Viscount Cobham) 1756-60 by Sanderson Miller for Lord Lyttleton. Restoration of 1764 obelisk in park.

COMMENDED Stourhead, Wiltshire (Temple of Apollo) (Caroe & Partners for The National Trust) 1765 by Flitcroft. Reroofing (replacement of 1950s roof, with original shallower dome profile reinstated) and interior redecoration (recreation of lost ‘gilt representation of the solar rays’ described in contemporary correspondence and partly based on a surviving Flitcroft design at Woburn).

Special Award

Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire (By and for Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust) 1750s by Adam Brothers for Earl of Dumfries. Restoration and conservation of interiors and contents (saved from dispersal in 2007). Recreation of original paint scheme and Adam decorative scheme, recreation of furnishings using archival records.

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The photos are drawn from The Georgian Group Blog, which also provides additional information about the individual awards, as well as the categories of New Building in the Classical Tradition and the Giles Worsley Award for a New Building in a Georgian Context.

Call for Papers: Color between Science, Art, & Technology

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 5, 2012

Colour in the 17th and 18th Centuries: Connexions between Science, Art, and Technology
Technische Universität, Berlin, 28-30 June 2012

Proposals due by 27 February 2012

Organized by Magdalena Bushart, Reinhold Reith, and Friedrich Steinle

Knowledge of how to use, combine, analyse, and understand colour has always been widely distributed, if not dispersed. Painters and architects, dyers and printers, pigment producers and merchants, physicists and chemists, natural historians and physiologist, among others, have been dealing with colour, its properties, mixtures, harmonies, meanings and uses. For long periods, different communities that were concerned with colour and the knowledge about it did not interact? at least so it appears.

One of the first to come up with fundamental claims concerning colour in full generality was Newton whose 1704 Opticks indeed quickly became a common reference point for most of those who reflected on colour. Throughout the 18th century, however, the reactions to Newton remained wildly controversial, from unrestricted appraisal via indifference to open and fierce opposition. Several attempts to reconcile Newton’s account with practitioner’s knowledge remained unsuccessful, and this was still the case in early 19th century, when the physiology of colour perception opened yet another field of colour research.

The central aim of the conference is to bring together scholars who are interested in how the various strands of colour use and knowledge were interwoven and connected. We invite contributions that address those connexions: between traditions and specific accounts in experimental philosophy, painting, natural history, chemistry, dyeing, trading, producing, standardizing, etc. While the period covered is restricted to 17th and 18th centuries, the geographic frame is as open as possible and encompasses European and non-European cultures likewise. The conference will not have parallel sessions, since we aim at a truly transdisciplinary discussion. There will be four keynote lectures by Jenny Balfour-Paul (Exeter University), Ulrike Boskamp (Freie Universität Berlin), Sarah Lowengard (The Cooper Union, New York), and Alan Shapiro (University of Minnesota), and a larger number of contributed papers.

The conference is organized by Magdalena Bushart (History of Art, TU Berlin), Reinhold Reith (History of Technology, Salzburg University), and Friedrich Steinle (History of Science, TU Berlin).

Accepted presentations will have a time slot of a 25-minute talk plus a 15-minute discussion. An application for external funding has been submitted: in case it will be successful, we shall be able to support every accepted proposal with travel and accommodation. Submissions should enclose an abstract of no more than 500 words and information about name, institutional affiliation and e-mail address of the author, plus a biographical note of no more than 100 words. They should be sent by e-mail (preferably in pdf format) to: nina.krampitz@tu-berlin.de and arrive not later than 27 February 2012. Proposals will be reviewed, and notification of the result will be given by end of March 2012. For further information, please contact friedrich.steinle@tu-berlin.de

Daniels Fellowship for Horse and Field Sport Scholarship

Posted in fellowships by Editor on January 5, 2012

John H. Daniels Fellowship
The National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA

Applications due by 1 February 2012

The National Sporting Library and Museum seeks applications for the John H. Daniels Fellowship which supports scholars doing research in the area of horse and field sports. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2012. For more information go to http://www.nsl.org  or call 540-687-6542 for a brochure.

The John H. Daniels Fellowship supports scholars at the National Sporting Library and Museum for periods of two weeks to one year. Applicants must submit a formal application demonstrating how they will utilize the NSLM collections of books, periodicals, manuscripts, archival materials and fine art for research in the area of equestrian and field sports. A special fellowship also will be offered for topics relating to field sports and conservation. Selected Fellows receive complimentary housing in Middleburg and a stipend to cover living and travel costs. University faculty and graduate students, librarians, museum curator, writers and journalists are encouraged to apply. Individuals from the disciplines of history, literature, equine studies, journalism, art history, anthropology, area studies as well as sport and environmental history have received Daniels Fellowships.