Online Series | Graphic Landscape

Posted in conferences (to attend), lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 7, 2021

‘Part of the Interior of the Elephanta’, from Thomas and William Daniell, Antiquities of India, Oriental Scenery, aquatint, 1795.

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From the Paul Mellon Centre:

Graphic Landscape: The Landscape Print Series in Britain, 1775–1850
Online, Paul Mellon Centre and the British Library, 2, 4, 9, 11 November 2021

Organized by Mark Hallett and Felicity Myrone

Graphic Landscape: The Landscape Print Series in Britain, 1775–1850 is a four-day programme of online webinars taking place between 2 and 11 November 2021, presented jointly by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the British Library.

Landscape and topographical print series proliferated in the late eighteenth century and in the first decades of the nineteenth century. Indeed, the format seems to have enjoyed an artistic and commercial boom in this period. Some examples of these series, such as Turner’s Liber Studiorum (1807–19) and Constable’s English Landscape Scenery (1830–33), are extremely well known. Many others, however, have still to receive sustained and critical attention. This programme of four online seminars is designed to look afresh at the late Georgian and early Victorian landscape print series and to stimulate new research on this important strand of graphic art. Participants will bring a wide range of perspectives to bear on the topic and address works in a variety of graphic media.

Graphic Landscape: The Landscape Print Series in Britain, 1775–1850 is co-convened by Mark Hallett at the Paul Mellon Centre and Felicity Myrone at the British Library.

Additional information—including paper abstracts, speaker biographies, specific times, and registration links—can be found here.

T U E S D A Y ,  2  N O V E M B E R  2 0 2 1

Day 1 | 12.00–14.00

12.00  Print, Politics, and Industrialisation
•  Introduction by Mark Hallett (Director, Paul Mellon Centre) and Felicity Myrone (Lead Curator, Western Prints and Drawings, British Library)
• Amy Concannon (Senior Curator, Historic British Art, Tate), ‘A Captur’d City Blazed’: Printmaking and the Bristol Riots of 1831
• Lizzie Jacklin (Keeper of Art, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums), Mining Landscapes: Thomas Hair’s Views of the Collieries
• Morna O’Neill (Associate Professor of Art History, Art Department, Wake Forest University), John Constable, David Lucas, and Steel in English Landscape

T H U R S D A Y ,  4  N O V E M B E R  2 0 2 1

Day 2 | 12.00–14.00

12.00  Print and Property
•  Introduction by Richard Johns (Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York)
•  John Bonehill (Lecturer, History of Art, University of Glasgow), Picturing Property: The Estate Landscape and the Late Eighteenth-Century Print Market
•  Kate Retford (Professor of Art History, Birkbeck, University of London), Views of the Lakes at the Vyne
•  James Finch (Assistant Curator, 19th-Century British Art, Tate Britain), Amelia Long’s Views from Bromley Hill

T U E S D A Y ,  9  N O V E M B E R  2 0 2 1

Day 3 | 12.00–14.00

12.00  Revisiting the Canon
• Introduction by Cora Gilroy-Ware (Associate Professor, History of Art, University of Oxford)
• Greg Smith (Independent Art Historian), Engaging with the Voyage Pittoresque de la France: Thomas Girtin’s Picturesque Views in Paris and Their Appeal to the ‘Most Eminent in the Profession’
• Timothy Wilcox (Independent Scholar), John Sell Cotman’s Architectural Antiquities of Normandy: A Catastrophic Miscalculation?
• Gillian Forrester (Independent Art Historian, Curator and Writer), A Glossary for the Anthropocene? Turner’s Liber Studiorum in the Era of Climate Change

T H U R S D A Y ,  1 1  N O V E M B E R  2 0 2 1

Day 4 | 14.00–16.00

14.00  A Wider View: From Collaboration to Empire
• Introduction by Mark Hallett (Director, Paul Mellon Centre) and Felicity Myrone (Lead Curator, Western Prints and Drawings, British Library)
• Sarah Moulden (Curator of 19th-Century Collections, National Portrait Gallery), Creative Collaboration: Cotman’s Norfolk Etchings
• Eleanore Neumann (PhD Candidate, University of Virginia), Translating Topography: Women and the Publication of Landscape Illustrations of the Bible (1836)
• Alisa Bunbury (Grimwade Collection Curator, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne), Taken From Nature: Printed Views of Colonial Australia
• Douglas Fordham (Professor of Art History, University of Virginia), Travel Prints or Illustrated Books?

New Book | The Built Environment Transformed

Posted in books by Editor on October 7, 2021

Distributed by Oxford UP:

Geoffrey Timmins, The Built Environment Transformed: Textile Lancashire during the Industrial Revolution (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2021), 240 pages, ISBN: 978-1800856530, £40 / $75.

This book is concerned with the remarkable changes made to the built environment in Lancashire’s main textile district—essentially the eastern and central parts of the county—during the Industrial Revolution (c1780–c1850). A case-study approach is taken, with findings from investigations at six different types of site being presented. The sites included are water-powered mill remains in the Cheesden valley, near Rochdale; Barrow Bridge factory village, near Bolton; the former handloom weavers’ colony at Club Houses, Horwich; Preston’s Winckley Square; Eanam wharf at Blackburn; and, to the north of Bolton, the road between Bromley Cross and Edgworth. The case studies show how, in rural and urban areas alike, developments in industry, housing, and transport greatly extended the built environment and brought striking new features to it. Emphasis is placed on interpreting the physical evidence the sites provide, linking it with that taken from various types of documentary source, especially historical maps. By making comparisons with developments occurring at similar types of site elsewhere in Britain, as well as in Europe and North America, the forms the changes took are explained and their significance assessed. Additionally, insights are provided into the economic and social impact the changes brought, especially on the everyday lives that people led.

Geoffrey Timmins is Emeritus Professor in the School of Humanities, Language, and Global Studies at the University of Central Lancashire.

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