Exhibition | Prospects of India

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on April 15, 2019

Thomas Daniell (British, 1749–1840), On the Ganges, ca. 1788, watercolor (San Marino: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Gilbert Davis Collection).

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Now on at The Huntington:

Prospects of India: 18th- and 19th-Century British Drawings from The Huntington’s Art Collections
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, 2 March — 10 June 2019

The drawings in this exhibition take as their subject the landscape of India. They were made by British artists, some of whom traveled there on their own in hopes of finding new and ‘exotic’ subject matter. As these drawings attest, the history of Britain’s engagement with South Asia is a complicated one. It covers a spectrum of motivations that ranges from trade and mutually beneficial cultural exchange to violent imperial conquest. The fifteen images on view hint at this complexity, revealing a fascination and admiration for the Indian landscape and the people who lived there, as well as attitudes of cultural superiority and ownership. Works by professional artists such as George Chinnery and Thomas and William Daniell, hang alongside examples by accomplished, though amateur, draftsmen like Col. George Francis White, revealing both the range of artists who sought to depict the scenery of India and the diversity of the landscape itself.

Conference | Stereotypes

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 15, 2019

This week at The Huntington:

Stereotypes and Stereotyping in the Early Modern World
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, 19–20 April 2019

The use and abuse of stereotypes is not limited to present-day politics. In this conference, experts in British and American history examine stereotypes related to such vital issues as race, religion, gender, nationality, and occupation. The program explores how stereotyping then, as now, persisted across different spheres of life; how individuals and groups responded; and with what consequences.

Funding provided by The Huntington’s William French Smith Endowment.

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8:30  Registration and coffee

9:15  Welcome by Steve Hindle (The Huntington) and opening remarks by Koji Yamamoto (University of Tokyo)

9:30  Session 1: Popery and Religious Stereotypes
Moderator: Koji Yamamoto
• Jennifer Anderson (California State University, San Bernardino), Controversial Figures as Synecdoches: Thomas Nash’s Distorted Snapshots of Puritans and Catholics
• Peter Lake (Vanderbilt University), Puritans and Projectors in the Plays of Ben Jonson
• Abigail Swingen (Texas Tech University), Whigs, Tories, and Jacobites: Stereotypes and the Financial Revolution

12:30  Lunch

1:30  Session 2: Economy, Occupations, and Gender
Moderator: Peter Lake
• Koji Yamamoto, Beyond ‘Keywords’: History Plays, Stereotypes, and the Staging of Political Economy in Late Elizabethan England
• Jane Whittle (University of Exeter), The Early Modern Housewife: A Positive Stereotype of the Working Woman?
• Lisa Cody (Claremont McKenna College), Mind, Body, Soul, and Mirrors: Stereotyping Women in Early Modern England

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9:00  Registration and coffee

9:30  Session 3: Colonies and Empire
Moderator: Koji Yamamoto
• Kristen Block (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Creating and Fighting Stereotypes of Sin and Sexual Excess: Leprosy and Race in the Eighteenth-Century Caribbean
• Valerie Forman (New York University), Managing Slave Plantation Labor: Or, How Productivity Became Beautiful and Accumulation Anti-tyrannical. A Study of the Political Economy of Sugar in the Early Modern Transatlantic World
• Sharon Block (University of California, Irvine), Daily Descriptions as Racemaking in Colonial North America

12:30  Lunch

1:30  Session 4: Stereotypes in Archives and on Stage
Moderator: Peter Lake
• Bridget Orr (Vanderbilt University), Re-presenting Character: Dramaturgy Versus Performance in Eighteenth-Century Stereotypes
• Miles Parks Grier (Queens College, City University of New York), Staging the Transferable Stigma of Early Modern Blackness
• Brendan Kane (University of Connecticut), Explicit Bias and the Politics of Difference in Irish-English Encounter

4:30  Closing Remarks