New Book | Humphry Repton: Landscape Design in an Age of Revolution

Posted in books by Editor on October 18, 2020

From Reaktion Books and the University of Chicago Press:

Tom Williamson, Humphry Repton: Landscape Design in an Age of Revolution (London: Reaktion Books, 2020), 352 pages, ISBN: 978-1789142990, £35 / $50.

Humphry Repton (1752–1818) remains one of England’s most interesting and prolific garden and landscape designers. Renowned for his innovative design proposals and distinctive before-and-after images, captured in his famous ‘Red Books’, Repton’s astonishing career represents the link between the simple parklands of his predecessor Capability Brown and the more elaborate, structured, and formal landscapes of the Victorian age. This lavishly illustrated book, based on a wealth of new research, reinterprets Repton’s life, working methods, and designs, and examines why they proved so popular in a rapidly changing world.

Tom Williamson is professor of landscape history at the University of East Anglia.


Introducing Humphry Repton
1  Before Repton
2  The Shape of a Career
3  Repton in Business: Working Methods
4  The Public Landscape: ‘Character’ and ‘Appropriation’
5  Domesticity and ‘Cheerfulness’
6  Shaping Style: Influences, Contemporaries, Social Change
Epilogue: Repton’s Legacy

Photo Acknowledgements

Call for Papers | AAH 2021, Online (addendum)

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 18, 2020

Last week, a Call for Papers for AAH 2021 appeared here at Enfilade. I’m sorry that I failed to include the following session on Race and Representation in the French Colonial Empire; the posting has been updated, though I’m glad also to draw readers’ attention to the panel here. CH

Association for Art History (AAH) Conference
Online (University of Birmingham), 4–17 April 2021

Proposals due by 2 November 2020

Race and Representation in the French Colonial Empire
Susannah Blair (Columbia University), seb2210@columbia.edu
Stephanie O’Rourke (University of St Andrews), so38@st-andrews.ac.uk

This session will consolidate new research on the visual culture of race in France and its colonies during the 18th century and into the 19th century. It will be oriented around two key terms, ‘representation’ and ‘possession’, and their many resonances­­—artistic, political, legal and relational. Papers will be invited to explore how art objects articulated, contested and disseminated changing notions of racial identity and citizenship in France and its global networks.

Over the past several years, scholars have examined the role of pictorial representation in shaping ideas of race, identity, indigeneity and slavery in the context of the British Empire. Bringing together new scholarship that builds upon these precedents, we aim to address a deliberately expansive geographical notion of French visual culture, one that includes the Caribbean, New France, North Africa, Canada and the Indian Ocean in addition to sites within the ‘metropole’ such as Paris and Nantes. Fostering a dialogue between art history, indigenous studies and critical race theory, our panel will provide a crucial scholarly platform for research that can inform pedagogy, curatorial practice and future scholarship.

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