Call for Papers | Goldsmiths and Bankers as Collectors

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on April 5, 2019

From the Call for Papers:

Goldsmiths and Bankers as Collectors
Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, 28 October 2019

Proposals due by 10 May 2019

Francis Harding and Michael Dahl, Portrait of Henry Hoare I (1677–1725), oil on canvas (National Trust, Stourhead).

2019 will see the return to Osterley Park of one of the many remarkable Old Master paintings acquired by the Child family in the throes of Britain’s late 17th-century financial revolution. The Childs are part of a long line of goldsmiths and bankers who have collected and patronised the fine and decorative arts, from the Medici in Florence to the present-day Rothschilds who continue to be highly active across the cultural sphere. As these financial dynasties interacted and integrated with ruling elites, collecting and associated displays of taste, sophistication and magnificence became a much favoured and often extremely effective route to social and cultural distinction. Financiers may be most obviously associated with an urban context, from the medieval livery company to the modern hedge fund, but the country house was and is an important venue for the display of their patronage and collecting. Among the holdings of the National Trust alone examples of estates with connections to goldsmithing and banking abound including, in addition to Osterley, Chirk Castle, Erddig, Trelissick, Stourhead, Mottisfont, Studley Royal, Waddesdon, and Ascott.

This conference will bring together academics and curators to seek patterns of patronage across this influential and diverse social grouping. It will identify the range of social, economic and political motivations for their participation in high material culture and explore case studies of particular individuals, objects and places to illustrate the sheer variety of manifestations of the goldsmith and banker as collector and patron. Papers are invited on, but by no means limited to, the following topics:
• Goldsmiths and bankers as collectors and their collections from medieval to modern
• Trends in collecting and patronage amongst goldsmiths and bankers
• Case studies of individual patrons, collectors, makers, or suppliers
• Case studies of individual objects or places
• Comparisons with collectors from other social or economic groupings
• Consumption and social mobility in banking and goldsmithing dynasties
• Perspectives of modern collectors

The conference programme will be comprised of a keynote address and a series of 20-minute papers. Proposals for panels will be accepted. We hope to publish a selection of revised conference papers in a peer-reviewed journal or as an edited collection after the conference. Please send abstracts of between 200 and 300 words along with short biographies to richard.ashbourne@nationaltrust.org.uk by Friday, 10th May 2019.

This conference is organised by the National Trust with support from the Goldsmiths’ Company. Conference convenors: James Rothwell, NT Adviser on Silver; Lucy Porten, NT Curator for Osterley; John Chu, NT Assistant Curator of Pictures & Sculpture; Pippa Shirley, Head of Collections, Waddesdon Manor (Rothschild Foundation).

Find out more about the National Trust’s research strategy here. Click here for more information about Osterley Park.

New Book | Livery Halls of the City of London

Posted in books by Editor on April 5, 2019

Published by Merrell in association with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects:

Anya Lucas and Henry Russell, with photographs by Andreas von Einsiedel, Livery Halls of the City of London (London: Merrell, 2018), 280 pages, ISBN: 978-1858946702, £45 / $80.

For some 800 years, Livery Companies have played a leading role in commercial activities and social and political life in the City of London. These trade associations, each representing a particular craft or profession, were originally responsible for controlling, for example, wages and working conditions. Their headquarters—the Livery Halls—evolved from large medieval town houses to become an identifiable building type paralleled only by the guild houses of northern European mercantile cities and the Venetian scuole. This beautiful book is the first major exploration of these architecturally significant buildings. Dr Anya Lucas, who has studied the Halls in depth, provides an introduction and an illustrated history of the buildings that have been lost over the centuries, while Henry Russell surveys each of the 40 present-day Halls, from HQS Wellington, the headquarters of the Master Mariners, in the west to the Proof House, the home of the Gunmakers’ Company, in the east. The existing Livery Halls have been photographed especially for the project by the renowned interiors photographer Andreas von Einsiedel, making this a truly outstanding publication.

Anya Lucas (née Matthews) is an art and architectural historian specializing in 17th- and 18th-century Britain. Her PhD (2015) at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, examined the architecture and political uses of London’s Livery Halls in the early modern period. She has written about the Livery Halls for Country Life magazine and the Georgian Group Journal, and contributed a chapter on the subject to the book Court, Country, City: British Art and Architecture, 1660–1735 (Yale University Press, 2016). She currently works as Research Curator for the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, where a major conservation project on Sir James Thornhill’s vast baroque scheme is under way.

Call for Papers | At CAA 2020, Historic Libraries & Art Historiography

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on April 5, 2019

Dr. Musto plans to submit this proposal to CAA as a fully-formed, ‘complete session’, and she welcomes eighteenth-century submissions:

Historic Libraries and Art Historiography
College Art Association Conference, Hilton Chicago, 12–15 February 2020

Organized by Jeanne-Marie Musto

Proposals due by 22 April 2019

Currently seeking papers for a session exploring the potential of historic libraries to deepen and broaden our understanding of art historiography and its relationship to social, intellectual and geo-political currents. Such libraries include those not specifically intended for the study of art. This session will build on a theme introduced at CAA 2019, where a wide range of art-historical themes emerged from diverse libraries. These libraries range from early modern through twentieth century, across several continents, and survive intact or through inventories. Xu Bo’s library inventory, for example, offers a view into the role of art history in Ming dynasty regionalism, while the history of an individual Mexican codex within the National Library of Spain tells of the shifting winds of colonial and post-colonial cultural authority. But these libraries also tell of more than geopolitical concerns. They underline efforts to define the inchoate discipline of art history through a wide spectrum of materials. At the same time, they demonstrate active participation in art historical debates, and connections with artists and arts administrators. Papers that examine any aspect of the historiography of art emerging from the analysis of historic libraries will be welcomed. Please send proposals for a paper including title, abstract (250 words) and CV to Dr. Jeanne-Marie Musto, musto.jeannemarie@gmail.com. Additional information concerning the 2020 conference is available here.

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