Lecture | David Cannadine on How to Study Country Houses Now

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on October 7, 2022

Harewood House, West Yorkshire, designed by John Carr and Robert Adam, and built between 1759 and 1771.

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From The Attingham Trust:

Sir David Cannadine, How Do We Study the Country House Now?
In-person (and recorded), Sotheby’s, London, Tuesday, 8 November 2022

The Attingham Trust has been championing the study of historic houses and their collections for seven decades, aiming to broaden the understanding of the artistic, social and cultural legacies they offer. In this lecture, David Cannadine will look afresh at these buildings and tease out some of the many complex and sometimes challenging narratives to which they bear witness, illustrating how the study of the country house has evolved and how much still remains for us to learn.

5.45pm  Drinks on arrival
6.30pm  Lecture

Tickets for both in-person attendance and to receive the recording (available for a limited time) can be purchased here. For queries about this event, please contact rebecca.parker@attinghamtrust.org.

Professor Sir David Cannadine is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and a visiting professor of history at Oxford University. He has written extensively on the economic, social, political, and cultural history of modern Britain and its empire, on collecting and philanthropy, and on the history of history. In 2018 he co-edited, with Jeremy Musson, The Country House: Past, Present, and Future, exploring how the idea of the country house has changed over the last forty years. Previously Chair of the Trustees at the National Portrait Gallery, President of the British Academy, and on the board of the Royal Oak Foundation, he is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society for Literature, the Society of Antiquaries, the Historical Association, and the British Academy. He is a patron of The Attingham Trust.

Call for Papers | Art beyond Placeness

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 7, 2022

Attributed to François Bunel the Younger, The Confiscation of the Contents of an Art Dealer’s Gallery, 1590, oil on panel, 28 × 47 cm
(The Hague: Mauritshuis, 875)

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From ArtHist.net:

Art beyond Placeness: Narratives of Movement in the Early Modern Period
Norwegian Institute in Rome, 31 May — 1 June 2023

Proposals due by 1 November 2022

In recent years, the new importance attributed to the biographies of objects and their global circulation has drawn new attention to the phenomenon of their physical transportation—in other words, to the complex set and modes of actions required to move an object from the point of creation to its final destination. Inspired by the growing body of scholarship, this workshop aims to develop new instruments to perceive, measure, and interpret the movement of things, by looking specifically at the way physical transportation has been described, inspected, and dissected in early modern sources. The materials under scrutiny here may take different forms, from diaries, letters, and other prosopographical accounts recording movement in its making; to archival materials that track unusual patterns of transportation and physical delivery; to letters, treatises, and even guides or handbooks reporting ex post facto descriptions of mobility. This workshop intends to probe this vast collection of sources in order to tease out how mobility was described and conceptualized, surveyed, and explored in the long early modern period (approximately from 1350 to 1800), before the rise of modern logistics. In short, it addresses from all angles the narrative potential of mobility: how describing movement ‘makes a good story’.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to
•  Episodes of transportation recorded in archival materials, with special regard to the logistical demands and expenses encountered by artists in moving objects from the artistic workshop to the final destination
•  Diaries and letters of artists and patrons describing physical transportation of objects
•  Written sources that emphasize the miraculous, divine components of transportation
•  18th-century popularization of movement in the so-called ‘circulation narrative’ or ‘IT narratives’, which tell the story of inanimate objects exchanged and moved from place to place
•  Treatises and technical accounts describing the logistical operations of transportation

The workshop will take place on May 31st and June 1st 2023 at the Norwegian Institute in Rome. ECRs are especially invited to present their research for discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, along with your CV to mattia.biffis@roma.uio.no by 1 November 2022. Travel expenses and participation will be covered.

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