Symposium | International Carriage Symposium

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 8, 2015

From the conference program:

Fifth CAA / CWF International Carriage Symposium
Colonial Williamsburg, 28–30 January 2016

We hope you’ll join the Carriage Association of America (CAA) and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF) as we welcome fourteen leading European and North American scholars to our fifth biennial CAA / CWF International Carriage Symposium. You’ll hear lectures on a wide variety of topics that touch on horse- drawn transportation. And you’ll have several opportunities to explore everything that Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City has to offer and to meet the men and women who practice eighteenth-century trades.

To kick off the symposium, the CAA will hold its annual membership meeting and a welcome reception during the late afternoon on Wednesday, January 28. As a symposium attendee, you’ll enjoy thirteen educational lectures during the day on Thursday, Friday morning, and all day Saturday. You’ll have Friday afternoon free to explore Williamsburg’s Historic Area and to visit the stables and meet the CWF’s new director of the Coach & Livestock Department, Paul Bennett.

For more than fifty years, the CAA has studied, preserved, and shared the history and traditions of carriage driving. Through the CAA’s efforts, association members and the general public can learn about carriages and sleighs, harness, driving how-to, carriage- driving history, early American roads, traditional turnout and livery, carriage restoration and conservation, and so much more.

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T H U R S D A Y ,  2 8  J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 6

• Monica Kurzel-Runtscheiner (Austria), And How the Visitors Gather: Equestrian Equipages at the Congress of Vienna, 1815
• David Sneed (United States), The Inside Story: An Overview of Technology in America’s Early Military Wagons and Western Vehicles
• Colin Henderson (Great Britain), From 4:00am to 5:00pm: The Royal Mews Undertakes a Grand Royal Event

Midday break

• Laurier Lacroix (Canada), Canadian Artist, Cornelius Krieghof: Immortalizing the Sleighs of the Canadian Habitant
• Andreas Nemitz (Germany), Alpine Adventures: Travels over the Alps by Coach and Five

F R I D A Y ,  2 9  J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 5

• Kenneth Wheeling (United States), The Mountain House Coaches: Tours through New Hampshire’s Leafy Glens
• Michael Sanborn (United States), Beckoning Avalon: The Banning Family Carriages of Catalina Island
• SSG John S. Ford (United States), To Carry the Honored Dead: The Army Caissons at Arlington National Cemetery

Lunch, with the afternoon to explore the Historic Area

S A T U R D A Y ,  3 0  J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 5

• Stephan Broeckx (Belgium), The Japanese Imperial Mews: The Emperor’s Ceremonial Horses and Carriages
• Alexander Sotin (Russia), On the Streets of Moscow: The Horse-drawn Turnouts of the Russian People
• Greg Hunt (United States), Military Tack: Harnesses for Army Escort Wagons and Artillery Teams

Midday break

• Josh Ruff (United States), Delancey Kane’s Tally-Ho: An Icon of American Road Coaching
• Bjørn Høie (Norway), Out and around the Norwegian Fjords: The Native Country Vehicles of Norway
• Richard C. V. Nicoll (United States), Address during the Banquet: Time I Hung up my Whip


The UK’s Carriage Foundation

Posted in resources by Editor on November 8, 2015


Samuel Butler (designed by William Chambers), Gold State Coach, 1762 (Royal Collection, 5000048). The panels were painted by Giovanni Cipriani. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, July 2009). 

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From Salon: Society of Antiquaries Online Newsletter 352 (2 November 2015) . . .

Julian Munby FSA, Head of Buildings Archaeology at Oxford Archaeology (and, he says, “a Fellow who has written about Queen Elizabeth’s carriages, and studied the English coach in the Kremlin”), writes about a new venture to record historic carriages:

“Historic carriages are a curiously neglected part of our heritage, while they include some of the most superbly designed and decorated examples of furniture on wheels, whether in museums or private collections. The newly launched Carriages of Britain (COB) project aims to create an online database of all historic horse-drawn carriages in collections throughout the UK. On Friday 30 October, in a truly glittering event at the Royal Mews, standing beside the Gold State Coach (1762), Colin Henderson, lately the Queen’s Head Coachman, announced that The Carriage Foundation, founded by enthusiasts for horse-drawn vehicles in 1991, has become a registered charity to promote interest and expertise in carriages through educational resources, publications and study days. In addition to developing historical information through the COB database, the foundation will also explore the foundation of a national carriage museum. Those interested in supporting through membership and donation can contact The Carriage Foundation.”

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From In Harness (August/September 2015), p. 5:

[The Carriage Foundation] now aims to manage, support and seek funding for various carriage related projects. Initially a website will be created which will host the first major project: Carriages of Britain. The project will consist of a searchable and illustrated database of carriages within UK collections, essays, and a photographic archive. Initial work has identified over 1200 carriages in publically accessible collections which will all have an entry on the database. Carriages of Britain will become the first port of call for anyone wishing to research horse drawn vehicles. Further developing our work, The Carriage Foundation are hosting a series of study days through the winter as well as the two established study tours. Long term plans are to explore the possibility of founding a National Carriage Museum.

For more information, contact thecarriagefoundation@yahoo.co.uk.

‘Mr Foote’s Other Leg’ Onstage in London

Posted in today in light of the 18th century by Editor on November 8, 2015


Joseph Millson as David Garrick, Dervla Kirwan as Peg Woffington, and Simon Russell Beale as Samuel Foote; Mr Foote’s Other Leg, directed by Richard Eyre, Hampstead Theatre, London. Credit: Alastair Muir.

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Ian Kelly’s biography of Samuel Foote made Enfilade’s 2012 year-end gift guide. The eponymous play, Mr Foote’s Other Leg, has just moved to Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Writing for The Guardian, Michael Billington finds in it “a ramshackle vigour” with “a shining performance from Simon Russell Beale” as Foote. Reviewing the play while it was at the Hampstead Theatre, Sussanah Clap, also writing for The Guardian, found much to enjoy, singling out (among others) Dervla Kirwan: she “is enchanting—frilly and filthy—as Peg Woffington, in ‘breeches’ roles.” And here’s the beginning of Jane Shilling’s piece for The Telegraph (5 November 2015). . .

shareIt is curious that the reputation of Samuel Foote should be almost forgotten when so many of his less amusing 18th-century contemporaries are still remembered. A one-legged actor-manager with a fondness for appearing in extravagant female costume and a dangerous talent for satire, Foote bestrode (or rather, hopped commandingly across) the stage of the Theatre Royal, Haymarket—the venue to which Richard Eyre’s production of Ian Kelly’s play has transferred after a sell-out premiere at the Hampstead Theatre.

Kelly, who appears in his own play as the future King George III, published a biography of Foote in 2012, but evidently felt that his subject’s natural milieu was the stage rather than the page. His adaptation is a wild, picaresque romp through the theatrical,
social and scientific landscape of the 18th century. . . .

The full review is available here»

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