New Book | A Companion to British Art: 1600 to the Present

Posted in books by Editor on March 9, 2014

From Wiley:

Dana Arnold and David Peters Corbett, eds., A Companion to British Art: 1600 to the Present (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 588 pages, ISBN: 978-1405136297, $195.

Arnold_A Comp to British Art 1600 to the Present Chosen.inddThis companion is a collection of newly-commissioned essays written by leading scholars in the field, providing a comprehensive introduction to British art history.

• A generously-illustrated collection of newly-commissioned essays which provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of British arts
• Combines original research with a survey of existing scholarship and the state of the field
• Touches on the whole of the history of British art, from 800-2000, with increasing attention paid to the periods after 1500
• Provides the first comprehensive introduction to British art of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, one of the most lively and innovative areas of art-historical study
• Presents in depth the major preoccupations that have emerged from recent scholarship, including aesthetics, gender, British art’s relationship to Modernity, nationhood and nationality, and the institutions of the British art world

Dana Arnold is Professor of Architectural History and Theory at Middlesex University, UK. She has published several books on British architecture and visual culture and is author of the best selling Art History: A Very Short Introduction (2004). She is series editor of New Interventions in Art History, Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Art History, and Blackwell Anthologies in Art History.

David Peters Corbett is Professor of History of Art at the University of East Anglia. He has published a number of books, and has received prizes from the Historians of British Art, College Art Association USA, and a Guardian book of the year award. He is the editor of the journal Art History.


Table of Contents
List of Illustrations viii
Acknowledgements xiii
Notes on Contributors xiv
Editors’ Introduction 1

Part 2 | General
1 The ‘Englishness’ of English Art Theory 13
Mark A. Cheetham
2 Modernity and the British 38
Andrew Ballantyne
3 English Art and Principled Aesthetics 60
Janet Wolff

Part 3 | Institutions
4 “Those Wilder Sorts of Painting”: the Painted Interior in the Age of Antonio Verrio 79
Richard Johns
5 Nineteenth-Century Art Institutions and Academies 105
Colin Trodd
6 Crossing the Boundary: British Art across Victorianism and Modernism 131
David Peters Corbett
7 British Pop Art and the High/Low Divide 156
Simon Faulkner
8 When Attitudes Became Formless: Art and Antagonism in the 1960s 180
Jo Applin

Part 4 | Nationhood
9 Art and Nation in Eighteenth-Century Britain 201
Cynthia Roman
10 International Exhibitions: Linking Culture, Commerce, and Nation 220
Julie F. Codell
11 Itinerant Surrealism: British Surrealism either side of the Second World War 241
Ben Highmore
12 55° North 3° West: a Panorama from Scotland 265
Tom Normand
13 Retrieving, Remapping, and Rewriting Histories of British Art: Lubaina Humid’s “Revenge” 289
Dorothy Rowe

Part 5 | Landscape
14 Defining, Shaping, and Picturing Landscape in the Nineteenth Century 317
Anne Helmreich
15 Theories of the Picturesque 351
Michael Charlesworth
16 Landscape into Art: Painting and Place-Making in England, c.1760–1830 373
Tom Williamson
17 Landscape Painting, c.1770–1840 397
Sam Smiles
18 Landscape and National Identity: the Phoenix Park Dublin 422
Dana Arnold

Part 6 | Men and Women
19 The Elizabethan Miniature 451
Dympna Callaghan
20 “The Crown and Glory of a Woman”: Female Chastity in Eighteenth-Century British Art 473
Kate Retford
21 Serial Portraiture and the Death of Man in Late-Eighteenth-Century Britain 502
Whitney Davis
22 Virtue, Vice, Gossip, and Sex: Narratives of Gender in Victorian and Edwardian Painting 532
Pamela M. Fletcher

Conference | The Global Lowlands

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on March 9, 2014

From Brown:

The Global Lowlands in the Early Modern Period, 1300–1800
Dutch and Flemish History and Culture in a Worldwide Perspective
Brown University, 4–5 April 2014

During the early modern period the Lowlands became an entrepôt for global exchanges. They connected outwards to every part of the globe through trade, colonization, expanded knowledge, material culture, and consumption. Antwerp during the sixteenth century, and Amsterdam during the seventeenth century were the first modern cities to dominate world trade and commerce. The Lowlands attracted merchants, immigrants, and visitors while importing and redistributing a vast new array of goods and information, not only effecting the culture, art, and sciences of the Lowlands but touching the lives of many other people, from New Amsterdam and Brazil to Africa, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, Japan, and elsewhere. This conference focuses on the Lowlands as an example of how globalization is affecting Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Sponsored by Brown University, the Pembroke Center, the History Department, the program in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, department of the History of Art & Architecture and the John Carter Brown Library. Pre-registration required: click here.

F R I D A Y ,  4  A P R I L  2 0 1 4

5:00  Session 1 | Introduction and Chair: Evelyn Lincoln, Brown University
• Karel Davids, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, “Instrument Makers, Cartographers, and Navigators: The Dutch and Transnational Networks in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic”
• Mariët Westermann, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “Retrading the Golden Age: Dutch Art and Its Histories”

6:30  Reception

S A T U R D A Y ,  5  A P R I L  2 0 1 4

9:00  Session 2 | Chair: Wim Klooster, Clark University
• Claudia Swan, Northwestern University, “Lost in Translation: Exoticism in Early Modern Holland”
• Dániel Margócsy, Hunter College, “Commercial Visions: Global Trade and Scientific Debate, c. 1700”

10:30  Coffee

11:00  Session 3 | Chair: Jeffrey Muller, Brown University
• Mark Meuwese, University of Winnipeg , “Intention to Exterminate: Massacres in the Making of the Dutch Empire, 1600–1750”
• Julie Hochstrasser, University of Iowa, “Whose Baroque? Drawing and Human Experience among the Khoikhoi”

12:30  Lunch

2:00  Session 4 | Chair: Anne McCants, MIT
• Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington, “Oriental Despots on Ornamental Desks: On Dutch Geography, the ‘Decorative’ Arts, and the Production of the Exotic World”
• Anne Goldgar, King’s College, London, “The Dutch and Natural History in the Seventeenth-Century Arctic”
• Lissa Roberts, University of Twente, “Deshima as a Center of Accumulation and Management”

4:00  General Discussion | Chair: Harold J. Cook, Brown University

Lecture | Rica Jones on Allan Ramsay’s Technique

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on March 9, 2014

From the UK’s Institute of Conservation (ICON). . .

Rica Jones on Ramsay’s Technique in Context and Perspective
Grand Robing Room, Freemason’s Hall, London, 16 April 2014

Allan Ramsay took London’s art world by storm when he set up his painting practice in Covent Garden in the late 1730s, and his work remained fashionable for the next two decades. One aspect of his portraiture was much commented on—he painted the faces in shades of red before applying the more naturalistic flesh tones. This paper was first written for the catalogue of the exhibition Allan Ramsay: Portraits of the Enlightenment at The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow (October 2013 to January 2014). The author will illustrate this feature of Ramsay’s work, examine its significance to Ramsay, and place it in the context of the times.

Rica Jones trained as an art historian before studying the conservation of paintings. Until 2012 she worked as a conservator at the Tate Gallery and published extensively on techniques of painting in Britain from the 16th through the 18th centuries. She continues to work in both fields in the private sector.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 in the Grand Robing Room at Freemason’s Hall, 60 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5AZ. Close to both Covent Garden and Holborn Tube Stations. Doors open at 6pm. Talk 6.30–8pm. Tickets: ICON members: £10, non-members: £15. Students £5 (student card required to be shown on the door). Free wine and cheese including in price of ticket.

Please register by sending your name and stating if you are an ICON member. Your name must be on the security list no later than Monday, 14 April 2014. RSVP Clare Finn +44 20 7937 1895 or finnclare@aol.com.

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