Display | The Atlantic World at Tate Britain

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on July 3, 2012

From Tate Britain:

Atlantic Britain
Tate Britain, London, 5 December 2011 – 4 November 2012

Curated by Martin Myrone

James Barry, William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, Etching, line-engraving and aquatint on paper (London: Tate Britain)

The history of British art has often been told as an ‘island story’, as if the visual arts were directly shaped by the immediate social and physical environment. The modesty and naturalism of British art has been explained with reference to a mythic ‘national character’. However, all the paintings displayed here illuminate a different history – that of the ‘Atlantic world’ which connected Africa, Europe and the Americas.

British investments and colonial settlement in North America and the West Indies expanded enormously in the eighteenth century. Military successes during the Seven Years War (1756-63) resulted in Britain becoming the dominant European force in the American colonies. Even after the declaration of political independence by the North Americans in 1776, Britain remained tied to an Atlantic economy. The circulation around the Atlantic of money, goods, ideas and people (not least in the form of enslaved Africans) underpinned economic and cultural development well into the
nineteenth century.

Britain’s imperial and economic relationships were rarely addressed directly by artists in the period. But underlying these apparently unrelated works are stories which reveal how even the most parochial-looking of British paintings may be connected to a larger history of trade, war and imperial exploitation.

An illustrated checklist of all works included in the display is available here»

Announcement | Steven Pincus Appointed Editor of ECS

Posted in resources by Editor on July 3, 2012

Many of you will have seen this announcement (2 July 2012) regarding Eighteenth-Century Studies (I’ve inserted the links). -CH

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It is a pleasure to inform you that the Executive Board of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies has appointed Steven Pincus, Yale University, as Editor of Eighteenth-Century Studies for a five-year term effective 1 July 2012. We want to thank the Yale University community for their willingness to assume this important responsibility and to provide support for this flag-ship journal.

Finally, the officers and Executive Board of ASECS wish to thank Julia Simon for her outstanding service as editor of ECS, and wish her the best of luck on her retirement from the journal.

Byron R. Wells
Executive Director, ASECS

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