Symposium | Rococo across Borders: Designers and Makers

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on February 3, 2023

Chest with two-drawers.

Commode designed by Jean-François Cuvilliés, the Elder, pine partially painted and gilded, German, ca. 1735–40 (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 28.154).

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Registration now open at Eventbrite:

Rococo across Borders: Designers and Makers
In-person and live-streamed, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 24–25 March 2023

Organized by the Furniture History Society and the French Porcelain Society, this two-day symposium on Rococo ceramics and furniture across Europe and beyond aims to examine the geographical spread of the Rococo style, the interaction between designers and makers, and the significant role played by print culture in its dissemination. It will go beyond the traditional geographical, chronological, and conceptual fields of Rococo design to explore how the style evolved throughout the long eighteenth century and to reflect on wider discussions about the historical contexts for Rococo ceramics and furniture, alongside the place of the ‘Rococo’ in museums and art historical scholarship today. Tickets: £30–142.

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10.00  Registration

10.20  Welcome and Introduction from Dame Rosalind Savill DBE, FSA, FBA, President of the French Porcelain Society

10.35  Session One | Origins and Circulation of the Rococo
Moderated by Helen Jacobsen
• Form versus Function: The Rococo Contradiction and Its Application to French Eighteenth-Century Decorative Arts — John Whitehead (Independent Scholar)
• The Diplomatic Gifts of Louis XV (working title) — Marie-Laure Buku-Pongo (Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection, New York
• From Cathay to Paris: Trade with Asia, Its Actors, and Its Influence on the Arts in Paris — Stéphane Castelluccio (Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Centre André Chastel, Paris)
• The Rococo Diaspora: Wandering Craftsmen, Objects, Patronage, and Diplomacy — Sarah Coffin (Independent Curator, Former Senior Curator, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York)

12.40  Discussion

12.55  Lunch including ’Object in Focus Sessions’ with V&A Collections and Curators (separate tickets required)

14.25  Session Two | Virtuoso Rococo: England and the Netherlands
Moderated by David Oakey
• ‘A Peculiarity in the Lines’: Drawing and Carving ‘Rococo’ in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England — Jenny Saunt (Curatorial Research Fellow, V&A Museum, London)
• Chelsea’s Extreme Rococo: A Perspicuous Misunderstanding or a Calculated Risk — Patricia Ferguson (Independent Scholar)
• Designing or Making: On the Role of Craftsmen as Designers — Reinier Baarsen (Curator Emeritus of Decorative Arts at the Rijksmuseum)
• Rococo Silver in the Austrian Netherlands: A Virtuoso Kaleidoscope? — Wim Nys (Head of Collections and Research, DIVA Museum, Antwerp)

16.35  Discussion

16.50  Closing Remarks

18.00  Ticket holders are invited to a drinks reception, supported by Bonhams, at Montpelier St, London SW7 1HH; spaces are limited so early booking is advised.

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10.00  Registration

10.20  Welcome and Introduction from Christopher Rowell FSA, Chairman of the Furniture History Society

10.30  Session Three | Inspiration and Emulation: Ireland, Germany, and Russia
Moderated by Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth
• The Prints of Carl Pier (b. 1717): Visions and Potentialities in Southern German Rococo Design — Michael Yonan (Professor of Art History, University of California)
• Frederician Furniture in Berlin and Potsdam, ca. 1740–1775 — Henriette Graf (Curator of Furniture, Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg)
• The Englishness of Irish Rococo: The Dublin School of Stucco Workers — Conor Lucey (Associate Professor in Architectural History, University College Dublin)
• Pineau le Russe: A French Sculptor in Service to the Tsars— Turner Edwards (Collaborateur Scientifique, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)

12.40  Discussion

12.55  Lunch

14.25  Session Four | Across the Seas: China, the Americas, and back to France
Moderated by Adriana Turpin
• Persistence, Resistance, and Canadian Rococo Furniture — Philippe Halbert (Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford)
• Ornaments from the Western Ocean: Rococo as a Qing Imperial Style in the Decorative Arts — Mei Mei Rado (Assistant Professor, History of Textiles, Dress, and Decorative Arts, Bard Graduate Center, New York)
• The French Rococo Style in Colonial Latin America — Dennis Carr (Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art, Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles)
• Colonial Fantasy and Rococo Regressions: Porcelain in the Time of Louis-Philippe — Iris Moon (Assistant Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

16.35  Discussion

16.50  Closing Remarks

Images: Top left to bottom right, Flower vase (cuvette Mahon), probably designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis, Sèvres Manufactory, French, soft-paste porcelain, ca. 1757–60 (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1974.356.592); Girandole à branche de porcelaine garnie d’or, from Oeuvres de Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier, engraved by Gabriel Huquier, French, 1738–49 (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 1921-6-212-29-b); Commode designed by Jean-François Cuvilliés, the Elder, pine partially painted and gilded, German, ca. 1735–40 (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 28.154).

Online Salon | Promenades on Paper: 18th-C. French Drawings

Posted in exhibitions, lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on January 27, 2023


Virtual Salon on The Clark’s Exhibition of Eighteenth-Century French Drawings from the BnF
Online, Wednesday, 1 February 2023, 7pm ET

The Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art and the Dahesh Museum join with the Clark Art Institute for a Virtual Salon on the Clark’s current exhibition Promenades on Paper: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Focusing on select drawings from the exhibition, curators Esther Bell, Anne Leonard, and Sarah Grandin will offer a varied and lively picture of artistic practices in the years leading up to and just after the French Revolution. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register here.

Esther Bell is Deputy Director and Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator at the Clark Art Institute. Prior to joining the Clark, Bell was the curator in charge of European paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Bell has published essays and organized exhibitions on a range of subjects, from seventeenth-century genre painting to eighteenth-century theater to nineteenth-century millinery.

Anne Leonard is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute. In addition to curating numerous exhibitions of works on paper, she is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture (2014) and author/editor of Arabesque without End: Across Music and the Arts, from Faust to Shahrazad (2022).

Sarah Grandin is Clark-Getty Paper Project Curatorial Fellow at the Clark Art Institute. She specializes in French works on paper and the material culture of the ancien régime. She has published essays on typography, drawing, and Savonnerie carpets, and is preparing a monograph on issues of scale in the graphic and decorative arts under Louis XIV.

Online Talk | Malcolm Baker on Canova’s Three Graces at the V&A

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on January 19, 2023
Detail of The Three Graces, marble sculpture.

Antonio Canova, The Three Graces (detail), 1814–17 (London: V&A Museum, no. A.4-1994).

This evening (London time), from the V&A:

Malcolm Baker with Kira d’Alburquerque | Canova’s Three Graces and the V&A
Online and in-person, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 19 January 2023, 7pm

Malcolm Baker joins V&A curator Kira d’Alburquerque for a look at Antonio Canova’s The Three Graces (1814–17) and the campaign to save the celebrated group in the early 1990s. Baker played a significant role in the acquisition of the work for the V&A nearly three decades ago. He joins Kira d’Alburquerque to discuss the campaign to “Save the Three Graces” and how attitudes toward Canova’s sculpture have changed. The talk will be held in-person and on Zoom. Online tickets are £5. If, as a ticket-holder, you have not received a link by noon on the day, contact membershipevents@vam.ac.uk.

Call for Collaborators | The Digital Piranesi

Posted in online learning, opportunities, resources by Editor on January 8, 2023

View of the Flavian Amphitheatre, called the Colosseum (Veduta dell’Anfiteatro Flavio detto il Colosseo), from Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Opere, volume 1 of 29 (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1837–39). Piranesi’s original copper plates were used for this posthumously published collection; this specific print comes from a complete set of volumes at the University of South Carolina, home to The Digital Piranesi project.

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From the Call for Participants:

Essay Contributors for The Digital Piranesi
Applications due by 1 March 2023

Digital art history, word-image studies, architectural history, and book history meet in The Digital Piranesi, a developing digital humanities project devoted to the complete works of Giambattista Piranesi (1720–1778). With funding from the Kress Foundation, six collaborators will be invited to contribute to the project. Following an introductory in-person workshop in Columbia, South Carolina, in late Summer 2023, regular virtual meetings through Summer 2024 will be dedicated to writing brief, impactful scholarly essays about each image in the first volume of his Roman Antiquities / Le Anthichità Romane (1756). Travel and accommodation will be supported by grant funds.

Each image of the first volume of the Roman Antiquities appears with original annotations and (in metadata) English translations here.

Please send a CV and one-page statement detailing qualifications, experience, and interest to Jeanne Britton at jbritton@mailbox.sc.edu by 1 March 2023. Inquiries are welcome.

The Digital Piranesi has received generous support from the NEH Division of Preservation and Access, the Kress Foundation, and, at the University of South Carolina, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Center for Digital Humanities, the Magellan Scholar Program, the Maners-Pappas Endowment, the Humanities Collaborative, and the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Seminar | Holly Shaffer and Sussan Babaie on Food and the Senses

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on January 7, 2023

Painting attributed to Muzaffar ‘Ali, from The Coronation of the Infant Shapur II, Folio 538r from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp by Abu’l Qasim Firdausi, ca. 1525–30, opaque watercolour, ink, silver, and gold on paper.

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From the PMC:

Holly Shaffer and Sussan Babaie on Food and the Senses
In-person and online, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 11 January 2023, 5pm

Part of the series In Conversation: New Directions in Art History, which will explore the changing modes and methodologies of approaching visual and material worlds. Running from January to March 2023.

Holly Shaffer | Plants, Gardens, Markets, Delicacies: Food and Art in 18th- and 19th-Century India

Food is ephemeral. Produce can last at most months, while cooked foods remain for a few hours or, with conservation, a few years. Yet artists, cooks, and writers have developed methods of preservation—from documenting the cultivation of plants to transcribing recipes—that acknowledge continuity through memory and repetition as well as change through colonial and environmental factors, artistic ingenuity and loss. In this paper, I will align botanical, ethnographic and narrative manuscript paintings, recipe books, and vessels produced by artists and chefs in north India in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with oral histories taken primarily in Lucknow in the twenty-first century. How does thinking through a framework of ephemerality allow multiple items to co-exist and perishable objects to survive? Does art history as a discipline offer a method to study ephemeral arts such as cultivation or cuisine? What might the intersection of food and art—and their different temporalities—offer us as art historians?

Holly Shaffer is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University with a specialisation in British and South Asian Art and their intersections. Her book, Grafted Arts: Art Making and Taking in the Struggle for Western India, 1760–1910, published by the Paul Mellon Centre with Yale University Press in 2022, won the AIIS Edward C. Dimock, Jr. Book Prize in the Indian Humanities. She has published essays in The Art Bulletin, Art History, Journal 18, Modern Philology, and Third Text, and has edited volume 51 of Ars Orientalis (2021) on the movement of graphic arts across Asia and Europe. Currently, she is co-curating an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art on Artists and the British East India Company, and is developing a book project on food and art.

Sussan Babaie | ‘Adorning the Delicious Food Is To Say Grace for the Blessings’: Persian Art and Cookery in the 16th and 17th Centuries

This talk is about rice. The history of rice and its adaptation from a staple food in East Asia to a culinary canvas for innovative recipes, objects, and ceremonies is, I claim, an altogether Iranian story. Thanks largely to the Mongol rule in West Asia, rice was made a widespread agricultural product, just as Persian spread across West, Central, and South Asia as the language of literary high culture, and being a shah, and not a caliph, gained ascendency as the legitimate mode of rulership. Rice, however, does not command its central role as a marker of Iranian cuisine and a source of effect in food—a style nowadays called ‘fine dining’—until the early modern period and especially in Persianate Asia. From the late fifteenth century onwards cookbooks, written by chefs not chroniclers, indicate a form of professionalisation in the cookery crafts. Vessels, amongst which the large, wide, shallow platters are distinctive products of the ceramic arts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Safavid (1501–1722) Iran, indicate a specialised function, namely for serving rice dishes in a particularly ‘artistic’ manner. The cooks write on how to arrange food in a dish and the dishes carry epigraphic sayings about specific functions of the vessels and the food they were to serve. These—the recipes, the objects for food, and the visual representations of foodways—act as mediators marking the food and the dish as a multisensory experience of rice as art.

Sussan Babaie is Professor of Islamic and Iranian Art History at the Courtauld, University of London. She has curated exhibitions on Persian and Islamic arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at Harvard, Smith College and Michigan University museums, and at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. She is the author of the award-winning Isfahan and Its Palaces and co-author of Persian Kingship and Architecture; Shirin Neshat, Honar: The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art; and Geometry and Art: In the Modern Middle East. Sussan is currently working on a co-curated exhibition about arts of the Great Mongol State for The Royal Academy, London, and on a book about Persian art and food.

Online Talks | HECAA Emerging Scholars Showcase, Fall 2022

Posted in online learning by Editor on November 23, 2022

HECAA Emerging Scholars Showcase
Online (Zoom), 28 November 2022, 1.00–2.30pm (ET)

Please join us for the next HECAA Emerging Scholars Showcase on Monday, 28 November, from 1:00 to 2:30pm (ET). This showcase is scheduled for a weekday and at an earlier time to better accommodate colleagues in Europe, and in response to the stated preference for weekday events from members who participate in the survey last spring. Required registration is available here.

We hope you can join us for these six exciting presentations:
• Marie Isabell Wetcholowsky, (PhD student, Philipps-Universität Marburg), François Lemoyne and the Reinvention of History Painting under Louis XV
• Haoyang Zhao (PhD candidate, University of Glasgow), Revisiting Huangchao Liqi Tushi, an Art and Historical Analysis of Important Yet Neglected Imperial Albums Commissioned in the 18th-Century Qianlong Court
• Angela Göbel (PhD student, Université Lyon 3, Jean Moulin), The Role Model of the City of Versailles for European Residential Cities
• Grace Ford-Dirks (MA student, University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum), Many Hands, Many Marks, Many Stories: Reconsidering a ‘Louisiana’ Armoire
• Marie Giraud (PhD candidate, Queen Mary University of London), Jansenism and Print Culture in 18th-Century Paris (1709–1764)
• Elisa Cazzato (PhD, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Università Cà Foscari – Venezia), The Lure of the Foreign Stage: Italian Art and Artistry Serving the French and European Spectacle

This event is open to everyone. Please email daniella.berman@nyu.edu with questions. We also are pleased to announce that, due to robust interest, there will be another Emerging Scholars Showcase in Spring 2023 (more information to follow in January).

Colloquium | Historical Interiors and Digital Reconstructions

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on November 14, 2022

From the conference programme:

Historical Interiors and the Digital: The Possibilities and Limits of Virtual Reconstructions
Les intérieurs historiques et le numérique: possibilités et limites des reconstructions virtuelles pour la recherche
Online and in-person, Paris and Versailles, 17–18 November 2022

Colloque international organisé par Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art Paris, le Mobilier national et le Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

The virtual reconstruction of historical interiors—from architecture to wall decoration and furniture to textiles—has been a proven instrument of cultural mediation in recent years, particularly in museums, exhibitions and/or for the study of historical monuments (for instance in archaeology). Questions of spatial proportions and fundamental architectural units are today at the forefront, with emphasis often placed on the possibility of visiting these spaces virtually, either on a 2D screen or with an immersive headset.

However, when it comes to the recreation of the aesthetic characteristics of interiors, which are one of the key issues for their understanding, the possibilities of these new models seem limited. Depending largely on the harmonious interaction of different materials such as woods, metals, and textiles, as well as the structures of their respective surfaces, the nuances of colour or gold, or even the traces of artisanship, the existing solutions in rendering the materiality of an historic interior remain insufficient, both aesthetically and scientifically. The hope to swiftly overcome the excessively sanitized surfaces of digital models, expressed in 2013 (Kohle 2013, p. 166), has not yet come to fruition. Nevertheless, there is more to it than that, as the possibilities of using virtual reconstruction effectively for researching historical interiors—for example, through the virtual insertion of materials that are no longer ethically justifiable or prohibited today—are not fully exploited.

Focusing on the possibilities and limits of virtual reconstructions of historical interiors, of which questions of materiality are only one aspect, this conference highlights the fundamental issues that occupy current research. To attend in person or online on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17, please email interieursetnumerique@dfk-paris.org. To attend the day on Friday, November 18 at Versailles (in person or online), registration is compulsory and free here.

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Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art Paris, salle Julius Meier-Graefe

18.30  Conférence inaugurale et discussion
Realism or Believability? The Production of Sensation in Animated Films – Bill Kinder, Boxcar Pictures, Berkeley/Paris

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Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art Paris, salle Julius Meier-Graefe

9.30  Accueil par Peter Geimer, Directeur du Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art Paris

9.45  Présentation du colloque par les organisateurs

10.00  Études de cas et questions de recherche (1)
Modération : Muriel Barbier, Conservateur en chef du patrimoine, Mobilier national
• Digitally Recreating Lost Eighteenth-Century Irish Interiors: Challenges and Opportunities – Andrew Tierney, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
• De l’outil scientifique à l’« expérience de visite », le numérique à l’épreuve des enjeux de la restauration des appartements des ducs de Lorraine au château de Lunéville – Thierry Franz, Musée du château de Lunéville
• Restituer les palais impériaux napoléoniens : un défi technique et historique – Philippe Le Pareux, lycée de Valognes (Manche)
• ExploVision présente la première plateforme de consultation et d’échange autour du mobilier patrimonial – Philippe Dechenaux, Explovision

14.15  Galeries et artisanat
• La reconstitution 3D des galeries d’exposition du Garde-Meuble de la Couronne : enjeux, difficultés et compréhension d’un espace disparu – Gatien Wierez, CREHS Université d’Artois
• The Virtual Museum: Digital Reconstructions of the Kongl. Museum at the Royal Palace in Stockholm – Johan Eriksson, Department of Art History, Uppsala Universitet
• Réflexions autour de la galerie disparue de l’hôtel de Noailles à Saint-Germain-en-Laye – François Gilles, UVSQ/ENS Cachan, with Paul Feytis; Louis-Joseph Lamborot; Gabriel Wick

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Centre de recherche du château de Versailles, Auditorium, aile Dufour

9.00  Accueil par Mathieu da Vinha, Directeur scientifique du G.I.P. Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

9.15  Autres approches et apports de la 3D
Modération : Benjamin Ringot, G.I.P. Centre de recherche du château de Versailles
• Augmented Reconstruction: On Introducing a Novel Reconstruction Method for Simulating Material and Materiality Using Mixed Realities – Clemens Brünenberg, TU Darmstadt, Department of Architecture, Institute of Classical Archaeology
• Au-delà de l’illustration. Quand des étudiants de licence apportent une contribution à la recherche – Nicolas Priniotakis, Cergy-Paris Université

11.00  Études de cas et questions de recherche (2)
Modération : Benjamin Ringot, G.I.P. Centre de recherche du château de Versailles puis Michel Jordan, laboratoire ETIS – CY Cergy Paris Université / ENSEA / CNRS
• Florence4D – Fabrizio Nevola, Chair of Art History and Visual Culture, University of Exeter
• Reconstitution 3D d’espaces intérieurs de trois domaines royaux : Versailles, Marly, Choisy – Hubert Naudeix, Aristeas
• Reconstitution d’un séjour d’Auguste le Fort à Moritzburg à l’hiver 1728 – Edouard Lussa, Histovery

15.15  Au-delà de la reconstitution 3D
Modération : Michel Jordan, laboratoire ETIS – CY Cergy Paris Université / ENSEA / CNRS
• Experimental Virtual Archaeological-Acoustics: Bringing together Physical, Computer, and Social Science Researchers – Brian Katz, Sorbonne Université, CNRS, UMR 7190
• Sacred Sound / Sacred Space: In Search of Lost Sound, Virtual Acoustic-Visual Reconstruction of Sacred Spaces of the Middle Ages – Stefan Morent, Department of the Institute of Musicology, University of Tübingen
• Reproduire l’histoire: Multi-Sensory Reconstructions of Historical Interiors for Virtual Reality – James Hutson and Trenton Olsen, Lindenwood University, Missouri

17.45  Conclusions

Conference | The Horse and the Country House

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on November 9, 2022

John Frederick Herring, Sr., Grey Carriage Horses in the Coachyard at Putteridge Bury, Hertfordshire, 1838, oil on canvas, 102 × 127 cm
(New Haven: Yale Center for British Art)

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From The Attingham Trust:

The Horse and the Country House: Art, Politics and Mobility
Online and In-person, Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Cambridge, 18–19 November 2022

The Attingham Trust is organising a stimulating two-day conference in Cambridge focused on the horse and the country house. Following on from the successful Attingham Study Programme in 2018, issues and themes relating to the equestrian culture associated with these houses will be explored by an international panel of speakers.

Horses, once so vital to the smooth functioning of the country house in England, have, more recently, been marginalized and even omitted from discussions. Existing stable blocks are seldom used for their original purposes and the signs of the working horse and horse-drawn transport are often hard to find. Inside houses, the legacy of the horse in the form of sporting art and racing trophies is more evident, but rarely examined. The conference will encourage a wide-ranging assessment of the many roles played by horses in country house life. From sporting art and memorabilia, riding dress and horse tack, carriage design, stables and stable servants, mobility and horseracing, it will explore the ways in which the horse has been central to the artistic, social, cultural, and political functions of the country house.

Following an overwhelming response to the call for papers, the advisory committee has selected a varied list of international speakers including representatives of major museums, universities, and historic houses. Spread over the two days, there will be sessions on horse welfare, the employment of stable servants, social mobility, women riders and drivers, and the visual representation and material culture of horses.

Madingley Hall is a beautiful sixteenth-century country house and garden. Built by Sir John Hynde in 1543, and occupied as a residence by his descendants until the 1860s, the Hall is now owned by the University of Cambridge. It is close to the centre of town, with free parking available onsite. Specially discounted B&B rates are available if you would like to stay at Madingley Hall. To take advantage, please email reservations@madingleyhall.co.uk quoting “horse and the country house conference.”

In person tickets are now sold out, but the conference will be live-streamed thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Carriage Association of America. Tickets are available for purchase here. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for in-person tickets, please email rebecca.parker@attinghamtrust.org.

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9.00  Registration

9.30  Welcome from Helen Jacobsen (Attingham Trust)

9.35  Introduction
• Elizabeth Jamieson (Attingham Trust) — The Horse and the Country House: An Untold History

10.00  Session 1 | The Domesticated Horse: Horse Welfare and Care of Servants
Chair: Christopher Garibaldi (University of Cambridge)
• Jana Schuster (University of Cambridge) — Transport Innovations, Stables, and Animal Welfare of the 2nd Duke of Montagu, 1709–49
• Jessica Dallow (University of Alabama, Birmingham) — Architecting Horses and Buildings: Stable Design and Culture at John Hartwell Cocke’s Bremo
• Frances Bailey (National Trust) — Chariots and Gold Cups, Tails and Hooves, Hermit and Hambletonian: The Lives of the Londonderry’s Horses
• John Stallard (Carriage Association of America) — The Pride of the Country House Stable: Carriages for Sport

11.30  Coffee Break

12.00  Session 2 | Evidence of the Horse: Architectural, Visual, and Textual
Chair: Michaela Giebelhausen (Courtauld Institute)
• Julian Munby (Independent Scholar) — Horse and Carriage in Town and Country: Sources and Issues
• Christopher Garibaldi (University of Cambridge) — Evidence of the Architectural History of the Royal Palaces of Newmarket in Paintings by Jan Siberechts and John Wootton
• Adam Menuge (University of Cambridge) — Blickling’s Early 17th-Century Stables Revisited
• Aurore Bayle-Loudet (Hermès) — Hermès and Horses, 1837–1914: A Story of Patrons and Muses

1.30  Lunch Break

2.30  Session 3 | Places for Horses: Old Buildings, New Life
Chair: Elizabeth Jamieson (Attingham Trust)
• Alexandra Lotz (State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology, Saxony-Anhalt) — The Stables of the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz: New Life for Historic Buildings
• Sally Goodsir (Royal Collection Trust) — Creating and Curating the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
• Allesandra Griffo (Uffizi Galleries) — The Carriage Museum in the Stables of the Pitti Palace
• Paula Martin (Harewood House Trust) — The Horse at Harewood
• Phillippa Turner (National Trust) — The National Trust Carriage Museum at Arlington Court, Devon
• Thomas Reinhart (George Washington’s Mount Vernon) — The Mount Vernon Stables

3.45  Tea Break

4.15  Panel Discussion

5.30  Drinks Reception

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9.30  Coffee and registration for new delegates

10.00  Session 4 | Horsepower: Politics, Social Mobility, and Fashion
Chair: Oliver Cox (Victoria and Albert Museum)
• Sophie Chessum (National Trust) — Horse Racing and the Onslows of Clandon Park: A Case Study in Politics, Business, and the Country
• Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University) — Clergy and Carriages: The Place of the Horse in the Late Georgian Parsonage
• Emma Lyons (University College, Dublin) — Racehorses, Gambling, and Equestrian Buildings of Sir Edward O’Brien of Dromoland
• Maria-Anne Privat (Château de Compiègne) — Anglomania and French Horse-Drawn Carriages

11.30  Short Break

11.45  Session 5 | Women and the Horse: Riders, Hunters, and Carriage Drivers
Chair: Frances Bailey (National Trust)
• Erica Munkwitz (American University) — Country Contentments: Women, Hunting, and the English Countryside
• Helena Esser (Independent Scholar) — Horse-Riding and Gender in the Victorian Popular Imagination
• Charlotte Newman (National Trust) — Equine Adventures and Constructions of Femininity at Lanhydrock House, Cornwall
• Whitney White (Pebble Hill Plantation) — Elisabeth ‘Pansy’ Ireland Poe: An Extraordinary American Equestrienne

1.15  Lunch Break

2.15  Session 6 | The Commodification of the Horse: Visual Representation and Culture
Chair: Lydia Hamlett (University of Cambridge)
• Sebastian Edwards (Historic Royal Palaces) — The Horse from Hanover: The Role of the Horse and Equine Sport in the Court Culture of Kings George I and II
• Timothy Cox (British Sporting Art Trust) and Karen Hladik (Independent Scholar) — The Mysterious Case of Sir T.S. Bonnet and his Horse ‘Swallow’
• Michaela Giebelhausen (Courtauld Institute of Art) — The Trouble with George Stubbs: More than Just a Horse Painter
• Alexandra Mayson (University of Oxford) — ‘Extraordinary Sagacity’: Representations of Arab Horses and Arabic Horsemanship in Four Horseracing Prizes from the 1830s
• Sheila O’Connell (Independent Scholar) — Magnificent or Comic: Horses and Riders in Prints

4.10  Closing Remarks and Tea

Online Talk | Adrian Johns and Jason Dean on Historia Coelestis (1712)

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on November 4, 2022

From the series website:

Adrian Johns and Jason Dean, After Hours with Historia Coelestis (1712)
Zoom, Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology, Kansas City, Missouri, 10 November 2022

On Thursday, November 10, at 7.00pm (CT), the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology will host the fourth installment of its 2022 After Hours series. The program places Library staff in dialogue with outside scholars, collectors, and other cultural heritage professionals to create wide-ranging conversations about books in the collection.

In the upcoming program, Adrian Johns and Jason Dean will unpack the remarkable story of the 1712 Historiae Coelestis Libri Duo through the material evidence found in the Library’s copy of the 1712 edition, as well as the later, authorized, 1725 edition. Their presentation will also draw on the in-progress work of Emma Louise Hill as she works toward a census of the approximately 15 remaining copies of the 1712 edition. As per usual, the program will be recorded and posted online.

In the spring of 1716, the Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, built a pyre on Greenwich Hill near the Royal Observatory. From a safe vantage point, he watched with satisfaction as pages from a book he wrote went up in flames, calling them a good “sacrifice to TRUTH.” This was not done in a fit of frustration with his research, but rather to take back control of work that he felt had been stolen from him. The 1712 edition of Historiae Coelestis, though large, expensive, and beautifully printed, went to press prematurely against Flamsteed’s wishes. The series of events that led to Flamsteed’s furious burning of sections of that edition involved some of the most powerful members of the early Royal Society, including Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley, all embroiled in professional jealousy, intellectual theft, and clandestine printing.

Adrian Johns is Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Originally educated at Cambridge, he taught at the University of Kent, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of California, San Diego, before arriving in Chicago in 2001. He is the author of The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (1998), Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (2009), and Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age (2010), as well as dozens of papers on the histories of science, information, and the book. His latest book is The Science of Reading: Information, Media, and Mind in Modern America, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. He has been the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, the Mellon Foundation, and other bodies, and is currently at work on a history of the policing of information since the Middle Ages.

Jason W. Dean is Vice President for Special Collections at the Linda Hall Library. Prior to coming to the Library, Jason was Director of Special Collections & Archives at Southwestern University. He has previously held positions at the University of Arkansas and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from Hardin-Simmons University and his MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. He is a member of the Grolier Club, and a past Institute of Library and Museum Services-Rare Book School fellow.

Online Course | British Furniture Making and the Globalised Trade

Posted in online learning by Editor on November 1, 2022

From FHS:

British Furniture Making and the Globalised Trade
Online, BIFMO-FHS, Wednesdays in November 2022

British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO), as part of the Furniture History Society (FHS), is offering a course on Zoom every Wednesday throughout November. Each week curators and historians will consider how methods and ideas about furniture making have been transmitted between countries from the 17th to the 20th century. Some speakers will consider how methods and designs in Britain were influenced by immigration to this country, while others will look at the impact of British furniture makers who emigrated to other countries such as the United States. These presentations will include a wide variety of fine examples of craftsmanship from 17th-century silver furniture, to Ralph Turnbull working in 19th-century Jamaica, through to the impact of Danish furniture importers and Arne Jacobsen in the 20th century.

Each week’s session will start at 16.30 and conclude at 19.30 (GMT). Please note that for the first week, our US participants on the East Coast will be only four hours behind the UK. Weeks 2 to 5 will revert to the usual five-hour difference. Most of the presentations will be 30 minutes in length followed by a short Q&A session. The programme on Week 4 varies slightly and will include five speakers instead of four, but the total length of the session will be the same (three hours). There will be a 15-minute comfort break approximately halfway through each weekly programme.

It is possible to book individual weeks, but you will benefit from a discount if you book all five sessions together. FHS members benefit from a further discount on all tickets. Tickets are available through Eventbrite here. Don’t worry if you are unable to attend a live event, as most of the presentations will be recorded and every ticket-holder will receive a link to the relevant recording. Please click here for further information about the speakers and the presentations. If you have any questions, please email Ann Davies at bifmo@furniturehistorysociety.org.

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Week 1 | November 2

The Impact of Immigration on the Furniture Trade in the 17th Century
• Grinling Gibbons — David Luard
• Furniture Made for the Court and the City — Adriana Turpin
• Upholsterers, Mercers, and Lace Men at the Late Stuart Court: Patronage, Networks, and International Influences — Olivia Fryman
• ‘Such Massey Pieces of Plate’: Silver Furniture in England, 1660–1702 — Matthew Winterbottom

Week 2 | November 9

Furniture Making in London and Europe
• Huguenots Furniture Makers in the Long 18th Century — Tessa Murdoch
• Following a Thread: How Mr Potter’s Designs Travelled — Sarah Medlam
• ‘Gorgeous Pieces of Inlaid Work with Figures’: Notes on Johann Gottlieb Fiedler, Berlin’s Early Classicist Ebeniste — Achim Stiegel
• British Models for Italian Furniture Makers — Enrico Colle

Week 3 | November 16

Global Networks and Furniture Making in the 18th Century
• The Aesthetic and Cultural Hybridity of Cantonese Trade Furniture — Karina Corrigan
• A Furniture Trade Adapting to the Benefits of Empire — John Cross
• Patterns, Templates, and Publications: British and Irish Émigré Cabinetmakers in America — Alexandra Kirtley
• English Influences in the Southern States of America — Tom Savage

Week 4 | November 23

Immigration and Emigration of Furniture Makers in the 19th Century
• Johann Martin Levien: Master Cabinetmaker of Prussia, New Zealand, and England — Serena Newmark
• Anecdotes on the Immigrant Furniture Making Community in the Tottenham Court Road Area, London, 1850–1900 — Clarissa Ward
• 19th-Century Specimen Furniture in Jamaica and the British Empire — Catherine Ducette
• The Crace Firm and French Influences — Megan Aldrich
• The Relationship between Britain and the US at the Great Exhibitions of the 19th century — David Tiedemann

Week 5 | November 30

Making the Modern World: Global Connections into the 20th Century
• ‘Princely but Peaceful Splendor’: Cottier & Co. in New York — Max Donnelly
• The Furniture Export Trade between Australia and Britain in the 19th Century — Clive Edwards
• Immigrant Furniture Workers in the East End of London including a Case Study of the Hille Firm — Pat Kirkham
• Denmark in Britain: The Work and Influence of the Danish Furniture Importers and Wholesalers in London — Bruce Peter

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