Symposium | Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 25, 2014

Enlightened Princesses

Left: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Queen Caroline of Ansbach, when Princess of Wales (detail), 1716; center: Jean-Baptiste van Loo, Augusta, Princess of Wales (detail), 1742; right: Thomas Gainsborough, Queen Charlotte (detail), ca. 1781; all: Royal Collection/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014.

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From the symposium flyer:

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte & the Shaping of the Modern World
Hampton Court Palace, London, 7–9 July 2014

This three-day international symposium, taking place at Hampton Court Palace and associated sites, brings together eminent academicians and museum scholars to examine the roles played by Queen Caroline of Ansbach; Augusta, Princess of Wales; and Queen Charlotte in the promotion of the arts and sciences in eighteenth-century Britain. The themes that will be addressed are pertinent to exhibitions scheduled to open in 2017 at the YCBA and in London. The princesses’ individual and collective interests in art, botany and gardens, natural philosophy and medicine, and the education of their children will be explored in relation to a dramatically changing social, political, and technological milieu, as will their roles in the encouragement of the British Enlightenment. The symposium is timed to take advantage of the period when various London institutions will be commemorating the anniversary of the Hanoverian Succession and aims to contribute in a major way to the general public discourse around that event.

The program includes two full days of lectures, themed panels, and special tours and events, followed by a day devoted to tours of two sites important in the lives of these royal women: Kew Palace and its gardens, and Kensington Palace. The fee for attending the conference is £100. Reductions are available for a limited number of students on application to the conference organizer. To register, visit the HRP website. Questions may be addressed to the conference organizer at ycba.research@yale.edu.

Co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art, Historic Royal Palaces, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London

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From the provisional schedule:

M O N D A Y ,  7  J U L Y  2 0 1 4

9:00  Arrival and coffee

9:30  Introduction
Amy Meyers, Yale Center for British Art
John Barnes, Historic Royal Palaces

9:45  Joanna Marschner, Historic Royal Palaces, Three German Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and Cultural Politics at the English Court in the Eighteenth Century

10:30  Break

10:45  Session 1: The Princesses and Their World
Chair: Amanda Vickery, Queen Mary, University of London
• Andrew Thompson, University of Cambridge, The Hanoverians: Crafting a New Dynasty
• Stephen Taylor, Durham University, Court Politics and Religion
• Berta Joncus, Goldsmiths, University of London, The Court, Music and Theatre
• Rosemary Harden, Fashion Museum, Bath, Dressing the Hanoverian Court

13:00 Lunch

14:00  Session 2: The Princesses’ Gardens and Architectural Projects
Chair: Michael Snodin, Strawberry Hill Trust
• Mark Laird, Harvard University, The Princesses’ Collecting and Display of Exotic Flora and Fauna
• Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, landscape historian, Royal Gardens: The Role of the Princesses
• Wolf Burchard, Royal Collection Trust, The Palaces of the Hanoverian Consorts
• Lee Prosser, Historic Royal Palaces, Kew and its Built Heritage

16:00  Tea

16:30  Board buses for London/Queen’s Gallery

18:00 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, Tour of the Queen’s Gallery exhibition The First Georgians; Art and Monarchy 1714–1760

T U E S D A Y ,  8  J U L Y  2 0 1 4

9:00  Arrival and coffee

9:30  Clarissa Campbell Orr, Anglia Ruskin University, The Hanoverian Court and Europe

10:15  Break

10:30  Session 3: The Princesses’ Art and Other Collections
Chair: Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures
• Cassandra Albinson, Yale Center for British Art, Creating the Royal Image: Royal Princesses and Portraiture
• Cynthia Roman, Lewis Walpole Library, The Princesses in Print: Character and Caricature
Malcolm Baker, University of California, Riverside, Royal Sculpture Commissions
• John Goldfinch, British Library and Emma Jay, The National Archives, The Princesses and their Books
• Jane Roberts, formerly Librarian, Windsor Castle, Royal Collection Trust, The Princesses as Artists

13:00 Lunch

14:00  Session 4: Natural Philosophy and Medicine
Chair: Lucy Worsley, Historic Royal Palaces
• Kim Sloan, British Museum, The Role of the Court in the English Enlightenment
• Patricia Fara, Clare College, Cambridge, Royal Women and Natural Philosophy
• Craig Ashley Hanson, Calvin College, Royal Patronage and Medical Practices
• 4th Speaker TBD

16:00 Tea

17:00 Historic Royal Palaces Curators, Tour of the Queen’s Apartments, Hampton Court Palace

18:00 Drinks, reception, and concert with music from the Hanoverian Court

W E D N E S D A Y ,  9  J U L Y  2 0 1 4

9:00  Meet at speakers’ hotel for tours

10:00  Kensington Palace, Historic Royal Palaces Curators, Tour of King’s Apartments

12:00  Kew, Historic Royal Palaces Curators, Tour of Kew Palace and the Royal Kitchens

14:00  Close of symposium

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