Lectures at The Clark, Spring 2018

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on February 8, 2018

A selection of lectures this spring at The Clark in Williamstown, MA (in addition to those associated with the exhibition Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection). . .

Lauren Cannady | Rococo Thought Patterns
13 February 2018, 5:30pm

If eighteenth-century curiosity cabinets were repositories for the dead and ossified, the garden was a parallel cabinet that provided a space for the viable, for living curiosities. Given that the organizing principle of the garden parterre was applied not only to plants, but equally to naturalia in the cabinet, this lecture will map the ways in which pattern and design within these different spaces served as one model in early modern empirical thinking and knowledge transmission.

Lauren R. Cannady is assistant director of the Research and Academic Program and Manton Research Fellow at the Clark Art Institute. She was previously a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris, and the Columbia University/NYU Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History. She has published on eighteenth-century aesthetic philosophy and systems of the decorative and is preparing a book manuscript titled Natural Seduction: Thinking through the Early Modern French Garden. Her second project considers artisanal practice, collaboration, and exploitation in the global eighteenth century.

Nina Dubin | Master of the World
17 April 2018, 5:30pm

In the wake of the world’s first international financial crisis, Cupid claimed pride of place in French eighteenth-century art. The naked, winged infant deity personified not only the folly of love, but also the forces of inconstancy, mutability, and flightiness that were viewed as hallmarks of a modernizing credit economy.

Nina Dubin is associate professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Futures & Ruins: Eighteenth-Century Paris and the Art of Hubert Robert (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2010; 2012). Her work has been supported by institutions including the Getty Research Institute and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, where she was a Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow from 2013 to 2014. A specialist in European art since 1700, she is currently writing a book on love letter pictures in eighteenth-century France.

Queen’s House Lecture Series: Remarkable Women

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on January 30, 2018

From Royal Museums Greenwich:

Queen’s House Lecture Series: Remarkable Women
Queen’s House, Greenwich, Thursdays in March 2018

Hear about the lives of five remarkable women through our Queen’s House lecture series this National Women’s History Month. Spanning the Elizabethan and Victorian Ages, follow the lives of five extraordinary women: matriarch and entrepreneur Bess of Hardwick, poet and writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, local Deptford businesswoman Mary Slade, antiquarian collector Sarah Sophia Banks, and the world traveller Annie Russell-Cotes. Thursdays in March, 10.30–12.30, £8 (concession £6), Orangery & South Parlours.

1 March
Christine Riding (Royal Museums Greenwich) — Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

8 March
Arlene Leis — Sarah Sophia Banks (1744–1818): A ‘Truly Interesting Collection of Visitor Cards and Co.’

15 March
David Taylor (National Trust) — Exalting the Divine: Bess of Hardwick’s Picture Collection at Hardwick Hall

22 March
Margarette Lincoln — Mary Slade and Working Women in Eighteenth-Century Deptford

29 March
Amy Miller — Annie Russell-Cotes

Peter Kerber on Blasphemy, Irenicism, and Collecting

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on January 25, 2018

From the Mellon Centre:

Peter Björn Kerber | Blasphemy, Irenicism, and Collecting: The Improbable Friendship of Francis Dashwood and Antonio Niccolini
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 21 February 2018

Pier Leone Ghezzi, Antonio Niccolini, ca. 1725, pen and ink over graphite on laid paper, 306 × 218 mm (Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, Joseph F. McCrindle Collection, 2009.70.126).

In February 1740, the cardinals convened in Rome to elect a successor to Pope Clement XII. In an open mockery of the ritual, Sir Francis Dashwood (1708–1781) and a group of fellow Grand Tourists staged a parody of the conclave. The irreverent young Englishman impersonated Pietro Ottoboni, Dean of the College of Cardinals and one of the greatest art collectors of his day. At the same time and in spite of the public scandal erupting over his blasphemous behaviour, Dashwood struck up a friendship with Antonio Niccolini (1701–1769), a Florentine nobleman closely connected to the family of the recently deceased pontiff and friend of the soon-to-be-elected Benedict XIV.

The two men were multifaceted characters: Dashwood was a notorious rake fond of satirising religious ceremonies, yet he compiled (together with Benjamin Franklin) and privately printed a simplified version of the Book of Common Prayer. Niccolini, a lawyer and theologian charged with a secret irenic mission to reconcile the Church of Utrecht with the Holy See, was an important behind-the-scenes contributor to the monumental Museum Florentinum, Anton Francesco Gori’s catalogue of Florentine antiquities and paintings. While spending almost two years in London in 1746–48, Niccolini frequented major collectors such as Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle, and Sir Hans Sloane in addition to Dashwood. This paper will retrace the intellectual, religious and artistic dimensions of the ill-matched pair’s twenty-year friendship and consider how Niccolini’s influence is reflected in the art collection Dashwood assembled at West Wycombe Park.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 18:00–20:00, at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Bedford Square, London. Book here.

Peter Björn Kerber is a curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery and author of Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe. As a member of the Paul Mellon Centre’s research project Collecting and Display: The British Country House, his focus is the art collection at West Wycombe Park.

Christopher Ridgway on Picture Displays at Castle Howard

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on January 25, 2018

From the Mellon Centre:

Christopher Ridgway | The Lives and After-lives of Picture Displays at Castle Howard
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 28 February 2018

Whilst tracing the whereabouts of paintings in the Castle Howard collection at a given moment is a relatively straightforward matter, comprehending the changing relationships between individual pictures (and artists), and their neighbours on the walls gives rise to more complicated enquiries. Collections and their hangs are always in flux, but just what are the motives for, and consequences of, moving pictures?

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 18:00–20:00, at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Bedford Square, London. Book here.

Christopher Ridgway is curator at Castle Howard and has lectured and published on its architecture, collections, landscapes, and archives. He is Chair of the Yorkshire Country House Partnership, and Adjunct Professor at Maynooth University. His most recent publication, co-edited with Terence Dooley and Maeve O’Riordan, is Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain (Four Courts Press, 2018).

Martin Postle on Portraits by Reynolds and Northcote

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on January 25, 2018

From the Mellon Centre:

Martin Postle | Patrons and Painters: Portraits by Joshua Reynolds and James Northcote at Trewithen, Cornwall
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 7 March 2018

James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds, The Rev. Mr. Zachariah Mudge, Prebend of Exeter &c., mezzotint (New Haven: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection).

Among the pictures in the collection at Trewithen, Cornwall are two portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds and four by his pupil James Northcote. The portraits feature for the most part members of the Mudge family and were painted in Plymouth—the home of the Mudges and the birthplace of both Reynolds and Northcote. The group comprises a portrait of the cleric Zachariah Mudge and his wife Kitty, by Joshua Reynolds; portraits by Northcote of the philosopher William Ferguson and Thomas Mudge; as well as Northcote’s self portrait and his copy of Reynolds’s portrait of John Mudge. These portraits remain virtually unknown beyond the confines of Trewithen and those acquainted with the house and its collection. Nor have they been subjected to any significant research in the modern period. The intention in this talk is to explain the context for their creation and the light they shed on an important source of local patronage, which had a profound impact on the careers of Reynolds and his pupil James Northcote.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 18:00–20:00, at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Bedford Square, London. Book here.

Lecture | Marie-Antoinette and Josephine as Garden Patrons

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From the BGC:

Susan Taylor-Leduc | Designing Legacy: Marie-Antoinette and Josephine as Garden Patrons
Bard Graduate Center, New York, 7 February 2018

During the tumultuous forty years from 1774 until 1814, when the French government was transformed from monarchy to empire, Queen Marie-Antoinette and Empress Josephine Bonaparte created picturesque gardens at the Petit Trianon, Versailles, and Malmaison respectively. The captivating life stories of both women have elicited critiques of their garden patronage, suggesting that they pursued insatiable desires unfettered by financial constraints, detached from political and social realities. This talk suggests an alternative reading: Taylor-Leduc contends that both women constituted living legacies of female empowerment that were essential to the creation and dissemination of the picturesque garden and as such contributed to the evolution of modern landscape architecture in France. This Brown Bag Lunch presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, at 12:15pm.

Susan Taylor-Leduc earned both her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1992, she has worked as a teacher, curator, university administrator, and tour guide in Paris. A specialist in eighteenth-century French gardens, she is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Designing Legacy: Marie-Antoinette, Josephine and the French Picturesque Garden 1774–1814.

This event will be livestreamed. Please check back the day of the event for a link to the video. To watch videos of past events please visit the BGC YouTube page.

Lecture | Anne Lafont on Portraits of African Women

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on January 19, 2018

Next week at the Warburg Institute:

Anne Lafont | Portrait of the African Woman from Atlantic to Mississippi:
A New Topography of the Art of Enlightenment
The Warburg Institute, London, 24 January 2018

Marie-Guillemine Benoist, Portrait d’une femme noire, shown at the Salon of 1800 under the title Portrait d’une négresse (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2508, acquired in 1818).

The figures of Africans in the early modern arts trouble the traditional chronology and geography of art history and sometimes disturb the hierarchical circulation of commodities between European metropolises and colonial territories. One cannot study art of colonial times and places with the exact same categories used to define the Italian Renaissance, the British Landscape and even the mobile case of El Greco. Authorship, centre versus periphery, the picture, the unicum… all these units need to be renegotiated in the imperial context. This lecture will focus on these issues through case studies based on the painting of female black figures in France and the French Americas at the end of the eighteenth century and in the first decades of the nineteenth century. Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 17:30.

Anne Lafont, Directrice d’études, EHESS, l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.

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Celebrating Repton 200

Posted in anniversaries, lectures (to attend) by Editor on December 30, 2017

From The Gardens Trust:

Aylsham in Norfolk will host the official launch of Repton 200—a year of nationwide celebrations coordinated by the Gardens Trust marking the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton, who succeeded Capability Brown as Britain’s greatest landscape gardener.

Norfolk is where Repton first worked as a landscape gardener, at Catton Park, and where he was buried, at St Michael and All Angels Church in Aylsham, in March 1818. To mark the bicentenary of his death, a programme of events celebrating his life and work have been planned in Norfolk and around the country.

Humphry Repton, whose works include Tatton Park and Woburn Abbey, was the successor to Capability Brown and the first to coin the term ‘landscape gardening’. Born in Bury St Edmunds in April 1752, he attended Norwich Grammar School and trained to work in the textile business but was not successful in the industry. After trying his hand at a number of careers—including dramatist, artist, journalist, and secretary—Repton set himself up as a landscape gardener and gained work through his social contacts. He went on to work on estates across the country, producing his famous Red Books which showed his clients ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of how he would improve their land.

The Gardens Trust are co-ordinating the national celebrations, which start in March 2018, and include the Repton Season organized by Aylsham and District Team Ministry, Aylsham Town Council, community groups and Broadland District Council.

Events in Norfolk include a history workshop with Dr. Tom Williamson, professor of landscape history and archaeology at the University of East Anglia, a Repton 200 Memorial Choral Evensong, a Humphry Repton Memorial Lecture with Professor Stephen Daniels of the University of Nottingham, and a Red Book competition involving pupils from local schools.

Cllr Karen Vincent, Member Champion for Heritage at Broadland District Council, said: “We are lucky as a district to have links to such an important and fascinating figure. Repton’s work remains on show throughout the country, with his first work being here in Broadland at Catton Park. We would encourage anyone interested in one of the country’s most important landscape gardeners to come and help us celebrate his achievements in the spring.”

Dr James Bartos, Chairman of the Gardens Trust, said: “Humphry Repton designed around 400 landscapes across the country, many of which remain much-loved historic gardens. His picturesque designs featured terraces, gravel walks and flower beds around the house, as well as themed flower gardens. Next year will see a host of events celebrating his enduring influence, and drawing attention to gardens which need help to survive.”

For more information about Repton events in 2018 visit www.humphryrepton.org or follow #Repton200 on Twitter.

Lecture | Claudia Johnson on the Rice Portrait of Jane Austen

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on December 16, 2017

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! (she was born on 16 December 1775). From The Lewis Walpole Library:

Claudia Johnson | Pride, Prejudice, and Portraits: The Rice Portrait of Jane Austen
Twenty-third Lewis Walpole Library Lecture
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 4 April 2018

Ozias Humphry, Rice Portrait of Jane Austen, 1788.

Examining the controversial reception of the Rice Portrait of Jane Austen, by Ozias Humphry, this illustrated talk ponders the stakes of legitimacy in general as well as the unusual acrimony this portrait in particular has often inspired. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 5:30pm, Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall.

Claudia L. Johnson joined the faculty at Princeton in 1994 and was Chair of the English Department from 2004 to 2012. She specializes in 18th- and early 19th-century literature, with a particular emphasis on the novel. In addition to 18th-century courses, she teaches courses on gothic fiction, sentimentality and melodrama, the history of prose style, film adaptations of novels into film, detective fiction, Samuel Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen. She has strong research interests in 18th-century music, in voice, in letterpress printing, in Yiddish story, and in the American Songbook of the 1930s and 1940s.

Johnson’s most recent book, Jane Austen’s Cults and Cultures (Chicago, 2012) won the Christian Gauss Award in 2103. Her other books include The Blackwell Companion to Jane Austen, ed. with Clara Tuite (Blackwell, 2005); The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (Cambridge, 2002); Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender and Sentimentality in the 1790s (Chicago, 1995), which won an Honorable Mention for the MLA Lowell Prize; and Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (Chicago, 1988). In addition, she is keenly interested in textual scholarship and has prepared editions of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and (with Susan Wolfson) Pride and Prejudice. Her research has been supported by major fellowships such as the NEH and the Guggenheim.

Johnson is working on several book-length projects: an edition of Austen’s The Beautifull Cassandra, with drawings by Leon Steinmetz, forthcoming from Princeton University Press, 2018; 30 Great Myths about Jane Austen, with Clara Tuite, forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell in 2019; and Raising the Novel, which explores key phases the history of the history of the novel in which critics have attempted to elevate them to keystones of high culture.

Court Studies Seminars, 2018 Schedule

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on December 11, 2017

From The Society for Court Studies:

Society for Court Studies Seminars, 2018
New York University, Bedford Square, London

An annual programme of seminars is run by the Society for Court Studies in which new work in the field is presented and discussed. These take place in London on Monday evenings, starting at 6:00pm, at New York University, 6 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RA, room 102. Refreshments, including wine, are served. The seminars are free (except the guest lecture) and open to everyone. For further details, please contact the Seminar Secretaries, Jo Tinworth (jtinworth@soane.org.uk) and Nicola Clark (Nicola.Clark.2008@kent.ac.uk). Historians interested in giving a seminar paper to the Society should contact the Seminar Secretaries as well. Members of the society do not need to book in advance. If you are not a member, please register your interest using the booking link next to the relevant seminar paper.

29 January
Katarzyna Kuras (Jagiellonian University, Cracow), Conflicts or Cooperation? The World of Courtiers of the Queen Maria Leszczyńska (1725–1768)

19 February
James Legard (University of Edinburgh), ‘Princely Glory’: The 1st Duke of Marlborough, Court Culture, and the Construction of Blenheim Palace

12 March
Valerie Schutte (independent scholar), Princess Elizabeth Tudor: Book Dedications and the New Year’s Gift Exchange

16 April
David Parrott (New College, Oxford), Anne of Austria, Mazarin, and the French Court in Crisis, 1650–54

4 June
Joint event with the Institute of Historical Research Tudor and Stuart seminar, location to be confirmed
Samantha Harper (Winchester University), Continuity and Change in the Household of Henry VII and Henry VIII

17 September
Alden Gregory (Historic Royal Palaces), The Tudor Court under Canvas: Royal Tents and Timber Lodgings, 1509–1603

15 October
Mandy Richardson (University of Chichester), Hunting, Hounds, and Hospitality: Gendered Aspects of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Royal Hunt

12 November
Peter Barber (King’s College London), George III as a Map Collector

3 December
Helen Watanabe O’Kelly (University of Oxford), Catholic Ruler, Protestant People: The Impact of the Reformation on Court and Civic Festivals in Early Modern Europe