Lecture | Emma Barker on Chardin and the Domestic Woman

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on December 4, 2012

Lecture by Emma Barker — Painting the Bourgeoisie: Chardin and the Domestic Woman
Keynes Library, Birkbeck College, London, 5 December 2012

webaccess.calvin.eduThe Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group is delighted to announce a forthcoming lecture by Emma Barker, Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Open University. Emma Barker’s research focuses on eighteenth and early nineteenth-century French art. Her monograph, Greuze and the Painting of Sentiment, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. She has also edited and co-authored several course books for the Open University, including Art and Visual Culture 1600-1850: Academy to Avant-Garde (Tate Publishing, 2012).

7.30pm, Wednesday 5th December 2012, Room 114 (Keynes Library), 43 Gordon Square

All very welcome! For further information, please contact Ann Lewis: a.lewis@bbk.ac.uk

Exhibition | Constable, Gainsborough, Turner

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on December 4, 2012

Press release from the Royal Academy:

Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape
Royal Academy of Arts, London, 8 December 2012 — 17 February 2013

J.M.W. Turner, Dolbadern Castle, 1800, 1194 x 902 mm. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited. © Royal Academy of Arts, London

This December an exhibition of works by the three towering figures of English landscape painting, John Constable RA, Thomas Gainsborough RA and J.M.W. Turner RA and their contemporaries, will open in the John Madejski Fine Rooms and the Weston Rooms. Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape will explore the development of the British School of Landscape Painting through the display of 120 works of art, comprising paintings, prints, books and archival material.

Since the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768, its Members included artists who were committed to landscape painting. The exhibition draws on the Royal Academy’s Collection to underpin the shift in landscape painting during the 18th and 19th centuries. From Founder Member Thomas Gainsborough and his contemporaries Richard Wilson and Paul Sandby, to J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, these landscape painters addressed the changing meaning of ‘truth to nature’ and the discourses surrounding the Beautiful, the Sublime and the Picturesque.

The changing style is represented by the generalised view of Gainsborough’s works and the emotionally charged and sublime landscapes by J.M.W. Turner to Constable’s romantic scenes infused with sentiment. Highlights include Gainsborough’s Romantic Landscape (c.1783), and a recently acquired drawing that was last seen in public in 1950. Constable’s two great landscapes of the 1820s, The Leaping Horse (1825) and Boat Passing a Lock (1826) will be hung alongside Turner’s brooding diploma work, Dolbadern Castle (1800).

To contextualise the landscape paintings of Constable, Gainsborough and Turner, a number of paintings by their 18th-century contemporaries Richard Wilson, Michael Angelo Rooker and Paul Sandby will be exhibited with prints made after the 17th-century masters whose work served as models: Claude, Poussin, Gaspard Dughet and Salvator Rosa. Letters by Gainsborough, Turner’s watercolour box and Constable’s palette will also be on display, bringing their artistic practice to life.

Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition is curated by MaryAnne Stevens, Director of Academic Affairs, Nick Savage, Head of Collections & Library, Helen Valentine, Curator of Paintings & Sculpture and Andrew Wilton, with Annette Wickham and Helena Bonett.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated booklet that will include an essay by Andrew Wilton and introductions to each of the sections of the exhibition.

Call for Papers | Travel, Topography, and the Book Trade

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 4, 2012

Print Networks Conference: Travel, Topography, and the Book Trade
University of Chichester, 23-25 July 2013

Proposals due by 31 January 2013

Guest Speakers: Bill Bell (Cardiff University) and Anthony Payne (Anthony Payne Rare Books & Manuscripts)

The thirty-first Print Networks Conference on the History of the British book trade will take place at the University of Chichester on 23rd-25th July 2013. Due to the proximity of the conference venue to the south coast, ‘Travel, Topography and the Book Trade’ has been chosen as the theme for the conference. The theme is broadly defined, and any papers relating to the production, distribution and reception of texts and images about travel, imagined and real, from the Middle Ages to the modern era will be considered. Papers on travelling and migrating practitioners of the book trade, the physical movement of texts and travelling printing technology are also welcome. The geographical scope for the conference is Britain and the Anglophone world. Papers should be of 30 minutes’ duration. An abstract of the offered paper should be submitted (preferably via email) by 31st January 2013 to: Catherine Armstrong:  C.M.Armstrong@mmu.ac.uk

The Print Networks Conference also offers an annual fellowship to a postgraduate scholar whose research falls within the parameters of the conference brief, and who wishes to present a paper at the conference. The fellowship covers the cost of attending the conference and some assistance towards costs of travel. A summary of the research being undertaken accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a tutor or supervisor should be sent to the above address by 31st January 2013.

The papers presented will be considered for publication; details to follow at the conference. It is understood that papers offered to the conference will be original work and not delivered to any similar body before presentation at this conference.

En-suite accommodation will be provided on the Bishop Otter campus of the University of Chichester. In addition to a full programme of papers, there will be a conference dinner and a visit to the special collections of the University of Chichester library.

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