London History Day 2018 — 31 May 2018

Posted in lectures (to attend), on site by Editor on May 1, 2018

From Historic England:

London History Day 2018
31 May 2018

On Thursday 31 May 2018, more than 70 of London’s museums, galleries, and cultural spaces will open their doors to reveal special behind the scenes tours, rarely seen exhibits and one off events, celebrating the capital’s unique identity. 2018 is the year of courage, with many special events for London History Day touching on the pioneering spirit, heroism, initiative, and kindness layered in our history.

An example of programming as presented by the Mellon Centre:

Mark Hallett | The Suffering Soldier: Depictions of Courage in Eighteenth-Century British Art
Paul Mellon Centre, London, 31 May 2018, 12.30–14.00

The Paul Mellon Centre is taking part in London History Day by offering a special talk by the Director of the Centre, Mark Hallett. His lecture will focus on a few especially powerful examples of eighteenth-century British art to explore the ways in which artists dealt with, and depicted, the subject of courage. Mark Hallett, a leading authority on art in the Georgian period, will concentrate in particular on images of the heroic, tragic, and pitiful soldier, produced by artists as varied as John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, and Joseph Wright of Derby. Doing so will reveal the very different ways in which courage could be conceptualised and represented during a century in which Britain was regularly at war. This talk is free and a light lunch is provided. Booking details are available here.

Call for Contributions | Printing Colour 1700–1830

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on May 1, 2018

This collection of essays will build and expand upon the research recently presented at the conference of the same name (Institute of English Studies, London, April 2018) to offer the first handbook of color printing techniques in the long eighteenth century.

Printing Colour 1700–1830: Histories, Techniques, Functions and Receptions
Edited by Elizabeth Savage and Margaret Morgan Grasselli

Proposals due by 8 June 2018; finished essays due by 15 February 2019

Following from the award-winning volume Printing Colour 1400–1700, Printing Colour 1700–1830 will be the first handbook of early modern colour printmaking in the long eighteenth century. It will contribute to a new, interdisciplinary paradigm for the history of printed material in the west. It aims to understand how new (and old) forms of colour printing changed communication during the late handpress period, from the invention of trichromatic printing until the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of chromolithography allowed the mass production of diverse colour-printed materials.

The discussion will encompass all media, techniques, and functions, from text to image, fashion to fine art, wallpaper to scientific communication. For this reason, submissions are sought from academics, curators, special collections librarians, printers, printmakers, cataloguers, conservators, art historians, book historians, digital humanities practitioners, scientists, and others who care for colour-printed material, seek to understand how it was produced and used, or engage with it in research.

Please submit 300-word abstracts online by 8 June 2018. Chapters of 4,000–6,000 words (including notes and captions) with up to 10 illustrations will be due 15 February 2019 for publication in mid-2020. The book will be peer-reviewed and published in full colour. Contributors will be responsible for sourcing images and copyright for their contributions, but they will qualify for fee waivers from many heritage collections because the publisher is a charitable academic press. This book is an output of the Printing Colour Project. For enquiries, please contact Gemma Cornetti at printingcolourproject@gmail.com.


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