Online Talk | Building a Print Collection in Malta

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on May 17, 2021

This month’s installment of The Wallace Collection Seminars on the History of Collections and Collecting:

Krystle Attard Trevisan, The ‘Primo Costo’ Inventory of Count Saverio Marchese (1757–1833)
Wallace Collection Seminars on the History of Collections and Collecting
Online, The Wallace Collection, London, 24 May 2021, 17.30

Print collecting was considered a noble and erudite activity from the sixteenth and well into the nineteenth century. Collectors in major cities purchased prints from dealers and publishers and traded with other collectors. Malta’s role in the print market has so far been overlooked. There were no dealers in prints on the island. However, the Maltese nobleman and collector Count Saverio Marchese built a collection of 4,500 high quality prints. We know how he did this through his ‘Primo Costo’ manuscript in which he recorded all his purchases. The manuscript reveals who formed part of Marchese’s widespread network of print sellers in European cities such as Paris, Munich, Rome, and Milan. It confirms that there were local suppliers, though not specialised print dealers. It reveals the various collecting methods that Marchese adopted to obtain prints from Malta. The ‘Primo Costo’ is a rare type of document which gives invaluable insight into European print trading, making it essential for studying collecting practices. Marchese recorded the names of continental and local dealers, auctioneers, and other suppliers. The manuscript also refers to other Maltese collectors. Using the information found in the ‘Primo Costo,’ this paper will identify key figures not only within the Maltese print market but also within the European one.

Krystle Attard Trevisan is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Register here to view this talk via Zoom.

To view the talk via The Wallace Collection’s YouTube channel, please click here.

Some of the previous seminars are now available on YouTube.

Call for Applications | HECAA Social Media Manager

Posted in Member News by Editor on May 17, 2021

HECAA Social Media Manager, 2021–2023
Applications due by 4 June 2021

HECAA is seeking a new Social Media Manager. The position requires 2–3 hours per week, and includes a $1500 yearly stipend. This is a two-year position (1 July 2021 – 30 June 2023) with a review at one year.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about eighteenth-century visual culture, has strong communication skills, and has experience with social media. The Social Media Manager (SMM) will maintain and grow all social media accounts on behalf of HECAA (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook). As SMM, you will be responsible for continuing to develop the look and tone of HECAA’s social media presence, using the accounts to highlight the work of HECAA members, promote the organization’s activities, build community, and increase visibility of eighteenth-century art history. You will make/oversee/coordinate at least three social media posts per week, more during times of peak HECAA activity.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter that includes your vision for the HECAA accounts and a CV to the HECAA board at hecaamembers@gmail.com by 4 June 2021.

Thank you!
The HECAA Board

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