Conference | The Queen’s House and Court Culture, 1500–1750

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on March 9, 2017

Adriaen van Stalbemt, A View of Greenwich, ca 1632; oil on canvas, 83.5 × 107 cm (Royal Collection Trust, 405291). More information is available here

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From Royal Museums Greenwich and the conference programme:

Queen’s House Conference 2017: European Court Culture and Greenwich Palace, 1500–1750
National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House, Greenwich, 20–22 April 2017

Royal Museums Greenwich and the Society for Court Studies are pleased to announce a major international conference to mark the 400th anniversary year of the Queen’s House, Greenwich. Designed by Inigo Jones in 1616 and completed in 1639, this royal villa is an acknowledged masterpiece of British architecture and the only remaining building of the 16th- and 17th-century palace complex. Today the Queen’s House lies at the centre of the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich.

The site as a whole is often celebrated as quintessentially ‘British’—historically, culturally and artistically. Yet the sequence of queens associated with the Queen’s House and Greenwich more generally reflect a wider orientation towards Europe—from Anne of Denmark, who commissioned the House, to Henrietta Maria of France, Catherine of Braganza and Mary of Modena—in addition to Greenwich’s transformation under the patronage of Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Located on the River Thames at the gateway to London and to England, royal residences at Greenwich served an important function in the early modern period as a cultural link with the continent, and in particular, with England’s nearest neighbours in the Low Countries and France.

Conference themes include: Royal portraiture; ‘Princely magnificence’ and the design of royal spaces (such as the division between a King’s and Queen’s sides); dynastic links between the houses of Stuart, Orange, Bourbon, Wittelsbach (Palatinate), and Portugal; the history of Greenwich Palace as a royal residence and centre of power and culture; other areas patronized by the court, such as maritime exploration, scientific advances, prints, as represented by the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Conference organisers: Janet Dickinson (University of Oxford), Christine Riding (Royal Museums Greenwich), and Jonathan Spangler (Manchester Metropolitan University). With support from the Society for Court Studies.

For queries about the programme, please e-mail janet.dickinson@conted.ox.ac.uk. For bookings, e-mail research@rmg.co.uk. Booking information is available here.

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T H U R S D A Y ,  2 0  A P R I L  2 0 1 7

12.30  Registration

13.00  Introduction
• Jemma Field, Brunel University: Greenwich Palace and Anna of Denmark: Royal Precedence, Royal Rituals, and Political Ambition
• Karen Hearn, University College London: “‘The Queenes Picture therein’: Henrietta Maria amid Architectural Magnificence”
• Anna Whitelock, Royal Holloway, University of London: Title to be confirmed

15.00  Coffee and tea

• Christine Riding, Royal Museums Greenwich: Private Patronage, Public Display: The Armada Portraits and Tapestries, and Representations of Queenship
• Natalie Mears, Durham University: Tapestries and Paintings of the Spanish Armada: Culture and Horticulture in Elizabethan and Jacobean England
• Charlotte Bolland, National Portrait Gallery: The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

17.00  Keynote Lecture
• Simon Thurley, Institute of Historical Research: Defining Tudor Greenwich: Landscape, Religion, and Industry

18.00  Wine reception in the Queen’s House

F R I D A Y ,  2 1  A P R I L  2 0 1 7

• Catriona Murray, University of Edinburgh: Raising Royal Bodies: Stuart Authority and the Monumental Image
• Hannah Woodward, University of Glasgow: An Embroidered Truth? The Painted Brocades in Sixteenth-Century Portraits of Marie Of Guise
• Jessica Malay, University of Huddersfield: Building the Palaces of the North: Anne Clifford’s Antiquarian Impulse

11.00  Coffee and tea

• Maureen Meikle, Leeds Trinity University: Queen Anna and Her Architects: A Tale of Two Queen’s Houses
• Jane Spooner, Historic Royal Palaces: Framing Rubens: The Architectural Polychromy of the Banqueting House Ceiling in Context
• Anya Matthews, Old Royal Naval College: Queens, Patronesses and Goddesses: Royal Women and the Painted Hall at Greenwich, 1707–26

13.00  Lunch and tours of the site. Scaffold tours of the ceiling at the Painted Hall are available during the conference.

• Wendy Hitchmough, Historic Royal Palaces: Anna of Denmark, Inigo Jones, and the Performance of Monarchy
• Gilly Lehmann: Henry VIII’s Great Feast at Greenwich in May 1527

15.30  Refreshments

• Janet Dickinson, University of Oxford: The Tudors and the Tiltyard: Constructing Royal Authority at Greenwich
• Sara Ayres, National Portrait Gallery: Paul van Somer’s Portrait of Anne of Denmark in Hunting Costume (1617)

• 17.30  Keynote Lecture
Susan Foister, National Gallery: Holbein and Greenwich

S A T U R D A Y ,  2 2  A P R I L  2 0 1 7

• Birgitte Dedenroth-Schou: The Danish / German Influence on Anne of Denmark’s Cultural Interests
• Fabian Persson, Linnaeus University: Protestant Prize? Princess Elizabeth, Marriage Negotiations, and Dynastic Networking
• Ineke Huysman, Huygens Institute: Epistolary Power: Anglo-Dutch Affairs in the Correspondence of the Dutch and Frisian Stadtholders’ Wives, 1605–1725

11.00  Coffee and tea

• Laura-Maria Popoviciu, Government Art Collection: ‘Great Britain’s New Solomon’? A Portrait of William III by Jan van Orley
• David Taylor, National Trust: ‘Her Majesty’s Painter’: Jacob Huysmans and Catherine of Braganza

12.30  Lunch

• Michele Frederick, University of Delaware: ‘Crossing the Sea’: Gerrit van Honthorst and Portraiture at the Stuart Courts
• Julie Farguson, University of Oxford: ‘Glorious Successes at Sea’: The Artistic Patronage of Prince George of Denmark as Lord High Admiral, 1702–08
• J. D. Davies: Greenwich, the Sovereignty of the Seas, and Naval Ideology in the Restoration

15.00  Coffee and tea

• José Eloy Hortal Muñoz, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid: The Shape of the Courtly Space at the European Royal Sites of the Seventeenth Century: Merging Court, Household, and Territory
• Jacqueline Riding, Birkbeck College, University of London: A Stuart Court at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in 1745
• Barbara Arciszewska, University of Warsaw: Claiming Grunnewitsch: Architecture of Inigo Jones and Dynastic Identity of the Hanoverians, ca. 1700



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