New Book | The Tile Book

Posted in books by Editor on January 24, 2020

From Thames & Hudson:

Here Design, with an introduction by Terry Bloxham, The Tile Book: History, Pattern, Design (London: Thames & Hudson, 2019), 304 pages, ISBN: 9780500480250, £20 / $30.

This striking book gathers together an extensive collection of ceramic tiles from around the world and explores their rich history, purpose, and decorative qualities. For centuries, tiles have been used for both functional and aesthetic purposes on the façades and interiors of buildings. Found in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, and designs—ranging from complex geometrical Islamic patterns to figurative seventeenth-century delftware—tiles are among the most varied ceramic products. This luxurious source book, curated by the award-winning studio Here Design, is organized chronologically and features tiles in every variety of shape, displaying each individual tile type and its overall laid pattern in vivid color. Tiles are also shown in situ around the world and at different periods in their remarkable history. The Tile Book is a dazzling mosaic, with colors and patterns that will uplift and inspire.

Here Design is a multiaward-winning design studio in London. Their books include An Anarchy of Chilies, Herbarium, The Grammar of Spice, and Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors.
Terry Bloxham is Assistant Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Call for Articles | Special Issue of ‘Quart’ on Travelling and Art

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 24, 2020

From ArtHist.net:

Travelling and Art in Europe in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Quart, The Quarterly of the Institute of Art History at the University of Wrocław 56 (June 2020)

Articles due by 1 March 2020

Europe in the 17th and 18th century was an area without sealed national borders and passports, which facilitated free movement of people, transfers of works of art, and the exchange of artistic ideas. Travellers were artists and art lovers, military and clerical, merchants and pilgrims; various works of art were transported across the borders, and thanks to the medium of printmaking, the latest trends and artistic novelties quickly spread across Europe. This dynamic circulation in the 17th and 18th centuries caused so many interesting artistic phenomena to take place in this area, which can today be of interest to researchers. Issue 56 of Quart—guest edited by Andrzej Kozieł—will therefore focus on art-related aspects of travel. Proposed topics of interest include:
• migrations and educational journeys of artists
• transfers of works of art and artistic ideas
• pilgrimage and art
• works of art in travellers’ accounts
• media disseminating works of art

Papersfrom 20,000 to 40,000 characters, in Polish or English, with up to 7 illustrationsshould be submitted in format specified in the guidelines to quart@uwr.edu.pl by 1 March 2020. The editors reserve the right to select given papers. All the submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review, in line with COPE guidelines. Quart is a regularly published quarterly journal by the Institute of Art History of the University of Wroclaw. It is indexed in ERIH+, CEJSH and BazHum databases. It was awarded a grant under the ‘Support for 500 Scientific Journals’ Programme of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. It is included in the list of scientific journals of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as of 31.07.2019 with 20 points. The current number can be purchased in EMPiK chain stores. Archival issues are available in libraries and in a digitalized form at the Polona website.

Call for Papers | The Prospect of Improvement

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 24, 2020

From ArtHist.net:

The Prospect of Improvement: A Bluestocking Landscape
Hagley Hall, Worcester, 8–9 September 2020

Proposals due by 14 February 2020

A two-day conference at Hagley Hall, Worcestershire including a tour of the house and grounds supported by Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online [EMCO] and Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

The Prospect of Improvement: A Bluestocking Landscape puts centre stage the patriotism and patronage of George Lyttelton first baron Lyttelton (1709–1773), a strangely shadowy figure yet a fascinating eminence grise behind the art and politics of his age. We will discuss the motivation behind his extensive remodelling of his grounds and the commissioning of local architect Sanderson Miller (1716–1780) in designing a new Hagley Hall. How can the ideas of other architects and landscape reformers from the midlands such as Sir Roger Newdigate (1719–1806), Sir Uvedale Price (1747-1829), and William Shenstone (1714-1763) be brought into dialogue with Miller’s project?

As EMCO is editing the correspondence of Lord Lyttelton’s friend and literary collaborator, critic Elizabeth Montagu (1718–1800), we will equally focus on eighteenth-century women’s management of estates, commissioning of art and architecture and writing associating rural retirement with moral improvement.

Plenary speakers
• Stephen Bending (University of Southampton), author of Green Retreats: Women, Gardens, and Eighteenth-Century Culture (2013)
• Markman Ellis (Queen Mary, University of London), author of The Coffee House: A Cultural History (2005)
• Joe Hawkins (Head of Landscape at Hagley)
• Steve Hindle (Huntington Library, California), W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research

We invite delegates to participate in three panels on the following themes:
• Concepts of reform and improvement in architecture and rural life
• Female management of the country estate
• The symbolism of the garden in eighteenth-century art and literature

We also welcome papers on:
• Whig perceptions of the country and the city
• Portraiture, representations of the country house, and landscape painting
• Domesticating the picturesque: creating the grotto, the wilderness, and the waterfall
• Bluestocking crafts and collecting
• Botany, gardening, and girls’ education
• Agricultural reform and the rural poor
• The Lunar Society, provincial salons, and correspondence networks
• The politics of patronage
• Philanthropy and the religious revival

A selection of delegates will be invited to extend their papers into scholarly articles for a book-length special issue of the journal Eighteenth-Century Life, to be edited by Professor Markman Ellis.

Please send proposals for papers (no longer than 350 words) and requests for bursary application forms by 14th February 2020 to Jack Orchard by email: j.t.g.orchard@swansea.ac.uk or by post to: Dr. Jack Orchard, Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP.


Conference Registration with Accommodation: £130
Conference Registration: £70
Accommodation will be arranged by EMCO at a local hotel, and both registration fees include two lunches at the conference and the conference banquet.

We reach out especially to early career researchers by offering six bursaries funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art to doctoral students and unwaged ECRs with promising proposals for papers relevant to the conference theme. Each bursary holder is invited to review two panel sessions for a report on the conference to be published online at Elizabeth Montagu Letters and the Bluestocking Circle. Bursaries covering the conference fee and accommodation are available to six postgraduate students and unwaged early career researchers, who have papers accepted for presentation at the conference. ‘Unwaged’ scholars may be retired, unemployed, or unable to access institutional support for conference attendance. They are invited to make a personal statement in support of their application. Students’ bursary application forms must be accompanied by a statement from a supervisor which is signed on university headed paper and accompanied by the university stamp. The bursary award will be paid as a refund following attendance at the conference.

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