ECCO Access for N. American Members of ASECS

Posted in resources by Editor on July 30, 2021

ASECS members will likely already have received news of this new perk, but it could be most useful for people who are not (yet) members. Please note the North American stipulation. Press release (28 July 2021) from Gale:

New partnership gives ASECS members access to the world’s largest collection on the eighteenth-century, advancing research and instruction of the period.

Gale, a Cengage company, has partnered with the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), the world’s largest organization of eighteenth-century scholars, to provide its North American members[i] with access to Gale’s Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO). Now ASECS members have access to the most comprehensive online historical archive on the eighteenth-century, enabling scholarship, enhanced teaching and advanced study of the era.

“ECCO is an essential resource for scholars of the eighteenth-century, but many people working in the field do not currently have access to it. They have to travel across the world to research libraries to view and study eighteenth-century collections, which can be very expensive,” said Mark Boonshoft, executive director at ASECS. “By providing online access to ECCO to our members in North America, we help ameliorate this inequity and better support research and teaching on the eighteenth-century. We are thrilled to partner with Gale to make this happen.”

ECCO contains every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom between the years 1701 and 1800, offering scholars full-text searching across 26 million pages of books and directories, bibles, sheet music, sermons, advertisements and works by both celebrated and lesser-­known authors. Expanding the ECCO archive, the titles in Part II have an emphasis on literature, social science, and religion. It also includes nearly fifty thousand titles and seven million pages from the library holdings of the British Library, the Bodleian Library, University of Cambridge, the National Library of Scotland and the Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

With ASECS members coming from a wide range of disciplines and professions beyond academia, ECCO access will:
• Put the world’s largest archive on the eighteenth-century in the hands of hundreds of scholars, creating greater public awareness and understanding of the eighteen-century world.
• Provides access to independent scholars (those without university affiliation), making it easier for them to conduct research on the eighteenth-century.
• Expand scholarship and research to less endowed institutions and independent researchers, with continued access to eighteenth-century content outside of academia.

“As the leading provider of digital humanities learning tools and primary sources to support research, Gale is committed to promoting scholarship on the eighteenth-century,” said Roger Strong, vice president of sales for academic libraries at Gale. “This partnership with ASECS enable us to more closely align resources like ECCO to course integration and digital humanities pedagogy, including joint efforts around the sharing of research outcomes, and the continued development of primary source tools and platforms to support the future needs of ASECS and other learned societies.”

ASECS north American members can access ECCO at: https://www.asecs.org/ecco.

i. Due to pre-existing licensing arrangements, access to Eighteenth Century Collections Online is limited to ASECS members in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Call for Applications | HECAA Pandemic Relief Grant

Posted in Member News, resources by Editor on May 14, 2021

HECAA Pandemic Relief Grant
Applications due by 21 May 2021

HECAA announces a relief program to support new and existing members during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Working with funds raised during our recent Pandemic Relief campaign, HECAA will distribute up to six grants of $250 each to assist recipients suffering from financial hardship. The grants may be used to cover a variety of specific costs, including research, publication subventions, equipment purchases, digital subscriptions, and more. HECAA is also sensitive to the ways in which the pandemic has curtailed employment opportunities and other forms of institutional support more broadly. While the grants cannot fully replace this funding, they can be used to cover expenses for those who have experienced furloughs, layoffs, and/or the cancellation of internships, fellowships, or other institutional funding.

Preference will be given to contingent scholars, graduate students, and other early career scholars (within five years of PhD). All recipients must be HECAA members in good standing. If you are not yet a member, but would like to join, please contact us at hecaamembers@gmail.com. Reduced rate memberships are available for those with demonstrated need.

Application Requirements
• Short CV (2 pages)
• Brief description of how the pandemic has adversely affected your work (1 paragraph)
• Summary of how you intend to spend the funds (1 paragraph)

Please submit your applications by 21 May 2021 to hecaamembers@gmail.com. Applicants will be notified of funding distributions by 1 June 2021.

Louvre Collection Online

Posted in museums, resources by Editor on March 29, 2021

As reported by the Agence France-Presse (26 March 2021), via Art Daily:

The Louvre museum in Paris said Friday it has put nearly half a million items from its collection online for the public to visit free of charge. As part of a major revamp of its online presence, the world’s most-visited museum has created a new database of 482,000 items at collections.louvre.fr with more than three-quarters already labelled with information and pictures.

It comes after a year of pandemic-related shutdowns that has seen an explosion in visits to its main website, louvre.fr, which has also been given a major makeover. . .

The full AFP story is available here»

Decorative Arts Trust Announces Recipients of IDEAL Internship Grants

Posted in on site, opportunities, resources by Editor on March 17, 2021

Press release (9 March 2021) from The Decorative Arts Trust:

Samuel Whitehorne House (1811), Newport, Rhode Island. Newport Restoration Foundation bought the Federal period brick mansion in 1969. Five years later, it was opened as a public museum dedicated to 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts.

The Decorative Arts Trust is pleased to announce that the Atwater Kent Collection at Drexel University; The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Backstreet Cultural Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Newport Restoration Foundation are the inaugural recipients of IDEAL Internship Grants.

Part of the Trust’s growing Emerging Scholars Program, IDEAL Internships focus on inclusivity, diversity, equity, access, and leadership. Internship grants are awarded to non-profit institutions and require a strong mentorship component.

“The Decorative Arts Trust is striving to improve access to curatorial careers for students of color as a path toward achieving systemic change,” Trust Executive Director Matthew Thurlow states. “These partners were selected based on the impact of the internship, which will offer students experience and stipends while providing the host organizations the opportunity to continue meaningful discussions about inclusion, diversity, and equity.”

Drexel University is stewarding the collection of the former Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which closed in 2018. Drexel’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships is conducting a multiyear evaluation of the Atwater Kent Collection of over 133,000 works of art and other objects. The intern will focus on exhibitions highlighting little-known objects for galleries at the Peck Alumni Center and the Pearlstein Gallery.

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), in partnership with the Backstreet Cultural Museum, seeks an intern to further the study and preservation of Mardi Gras Indian suits. The intern will catalog a newly acquired suit, document its history by interviewing the artist, plan a permanent storage solution, prepare the suit for display in an upcoming exhibition, and write an article for an online publication.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston intern will focus on a gallery reinstallation project that explores the connections between art, modern design, and jazz in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The intern will assist with object research, develop interpretive text, lead gallery tours, and host programs to engage a range of communities with the project.

The Newport Restoration Foundation will hire an intern to analyze their collection of 18th-century furniture at the Whitehorne House Museum. The intern will work with the interpretive staff to address the absences of African-Heritage craftspeople (both enslaved and free) as well as Narragansett peoples in Colonial-era Newport’s material culture.

The Decorative Arts Trust is a non-profit organization that promotes and fosters the appreciation and study of the decorative arts through exchanging information through domestic and international programming; collaborating and partnering with museums and preservation organizations; and underwriting internships, research grants, and scholarships for graduate students and young professionals. Learn more about the Trust at decorativeartstrust.org.

New Digital Publication | Art & the Country House

Posted in books, online learning, resources by Editor on November 30, 2020

From the Mellon Centre:

Martin Postle, ed., Art & the Country House, launched November 2020.

Explore the collections of Castle Howard, Doddington Hall, Mells Manor, Mount Stuart, Petworth House, Raynham Hall, Trewithen and West Wycombe through the Paul Mellon Centre’s new online publication Art & the Country House.

Involving research by over forty authors, Art & the Country House brings together detailed catalogues, document transcriptions, commissioned essays, films and an abundance of specially commissioned photography. Through its search facility, objects, artists, art works and bibliographies can be located and compared in new, productive, and more rapid ways.

Each of the houses has been carefully selected so as to ensure a broad range of research topics and to provide an appropriately varied set of examples, in terms of geographical location, scale, patterns of ownership, chronologies, collections and displays.

Essay topics include the evolution of customised picture galleries; the conscious preservation of the past; women’s collecting and display strategies; country houses as homes and tourist destinations; and the economic and political structures that underpinned the extravagant acquisition policies of the owners of so-called ‘power houses’.

Art & the Country House, as with all other Paul Mellon Centre digital publications, is open access.


Online Exhibition | Participez à la vie des académies d’art

Posted in exhibitions, resources by Editor on November 16, 2020

Announcing the exhibition:

Participez à la vie des académies d’art… Portes ouvertes de 9 à 90 ans
An online exhibition of the ACA-RES programme

Organized by Émilie Roffidal and Anne Perrin Khelissa

How were artists and craftsmen trained in French art academies in the age of Enlightenment? The virtual exhibition Participez à la vie des académies d’art. Portes ouvertes de 9 à 90 ans is now available online. The result of a collective work combining research and training, the exhibition presents a selection of works from the teaching material and artistic production of art academies and provincial art schools in the 18th century. Most of the collections from these institutions were dispersed during the French Revolution between city museums, libraries, and other heritage collections such as art schools. Painted portraits of teachers, pupils, or amateurs are included, providing a more vivid testimony of the institutions. A whole little-known part of French heritage is honoured here.

This exhibition has been developed within the framework of the ACA-RES research programme on art academies and their networks in pre-industrial France (Les Académies d’art et leurs réseaux dans la France préindustrielle) supported by the FRAMESPA UMR 5136 laboratory of the Toulouse-Jean Jaures University, the Labex SMS, the Deutsches Forum Für Kunstgeschichte of Paris and the Centre National d’Histoire de l’art.



British Library Makes 40K Maps and Views Available Online

Posted in resources by Editor on November 8, 2020

Matthew Dixon. ‘A General Plan with a Project for the Defence of the Arsenals of Plymouth, / By Lieut: Colonel Dixon Chief Engineer of the Plymouth Division. Revised and corrected by Geo. Beck Jan. 1780.’ (London: British Library, Maps K.Top 11.79.2.TAB).

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From Art Daily (1 November 2020). . .

The British Library is nearing the end of a project to make 40,000 early maps and views freely available online for the first time. The material forms part of the Topographical Collection of King George III (K.Top) held by the British Library and captures four centuries of visual impressions of places throughout the world, from maps and atlases to architectural drawings, cartoons, and watercolours. Nearly half of the images are now available for anyone to view online via the British Library’s digital Flickr Commons Collection. This resource offers everyone the chance to virtually explore, the geography, art, science, and cultures of the past through the collection of one of history’s most avid armchair travellers.

Over seven years, a team of expert cataloguers, curators, conservators, and imaging specialists at the Library have worked to catalogue, conserve, and digitise the K.Top Collection. This project would not have been possible without significant philanthropic support and we are very grateful to the individuals and trusts whose generosity has enabled us to make this outstanding collection available to researchers across the world.

The collection is a distinct part of the larger King’s Library which was presented to the Nation by George IV in 1823. As a collection of maps and views that was built during the formative period of the British Empire, it is an important resource for the study of how Britain viewed and interacted with the wider world during this period. The collection consists of printed and hand-drawn works dating between 1500 and 1824 and covers a broad variety of compelling themes. Highlights include:
• The hand-drawn map of New York City, presented to the future James II in 1664
• Early 18th-century architectural drawings by Nicholas Hawksmoor for commissions including Castle Howard and London ‘Queen Anne’ churches
• The vast Kangxi Map of China of 1719 made by the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ripa
• A set of drawings of Lucca by the Italian artist Bernardo Bellotto, circa 1742
• James Cook’s large manuscript map of the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, 1763
• Watercolours by noted 18th-century artists such as Paul Sandby and Samuel Hieronymus Grimm
• Military maps of English south coast harbours including Plymouth from the 1780s, precursors of the Ordnance Survey
• Views of parts of modern-day Ontario, Canada, drawn by the artist Elizabeth Simcoe in around 1792
• The earliest comprehensive land-use map of London from 1800

A number of maps from the collection are accessible for the public to view in the British Library’s free, permanent exhibition Treasures of the British Library, including maps of forts in North America by Mary Anne Rocque (1765). The gallery has recently reopened to the public (booking essential).

The first batch of 18,000 images are now freely available to explore via the British Library’s page on Flickr Commons, alongside over 1 million copyright-free images from the Library’s collection of printed books. The images have been added to Flickr by British Library Labs (BL Labs). BL Labs supports the experimentation and reuse of the Library’s data and digital collections in exciting and creative new ways through competitions, events, exhibitions, collaborative projects and annual public awards (the deadline for entry this year is 30 November 2020.)

The maps will also be made available on the British Library’s ‘Georeferencer’, an interactive application that allows volunteers to turn maps into data by adding locations to digitised British Library collections, initiating innovative new forms of discovery and research. A selection of essays illustrated by images from the K. Top collection are available on the Library’s Picturing Places web space.

Tom Harper, Lead Curator of Antiquarian Mapping, said “This is a momentous and intriguing set of early maps and views which provides multiple windows into the world of previous centuries. We’re pleased to have been able to make this outstanding collection available through cataloguing and digitisation and to enable aspects of Britain’s past to be more fully understood.”

Dr Mia Ridge, Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections, commented, “Providing online access to these images and metadata is an important milestone for digital research support at the British Library. The collection lends itself to digital scholarship methods such as computer vision, machine learning and AI, crowdsourcing, and georeferencing. We’re also excited to learn more about innovative applications for new and emerging computational methods as researchers explore the collection.”

In Process | Catalogue Raisonné of Porcelain by Lücke

Posted in resources by Editor on October 28, 2020

Enfilade doesn’t include a lot of these sorts of notices. It’s nice, however to note who is working on what, and I’m glad to include more. This one comes from ArtHist.net:

In Process | Catalog Raisonné, Porcelain by Johann Christoph Ludwig Lücke (ca. 1703–1780)
Vanessa Sigalas

Dear Colleagues,

I am researching the porcelain oeuvre of Johann Christoph Ludwig Lücke (ca. 1703–1780). Lücke is mostly known as ivory carver with an incredibly diverse repertoire of thematic subject matters, spanning from classical antiquity, folk and genre depictions, and traditional portraits to medical curiosities. He worked as an itinerant artist for various aristocratic and bourgeois clients. Besides ivory, he also worked in stone, wood, wax, papier-mâché, terracotta, faience, and porcelain. While his ivories have gotten more attention in recent scholarship, his porcelain creations have not been further investigated after the early 1980s, when Christian Theuerkauff published two essays on the topic.

Lucke worked for several porcelain manufactories during his lifetime: Meissen (1728/29), Vienna (1750/51) and Höchst (1752). (He had also negotiated with the porcelain factories in Fürstenberg and Berlin). In the same year (1752), he went to Copenhagen to make porcelain himself (although not very successful). In 1754, he tried to found a porcelain factory in Schleswig. However, he was not successful in producing porcelain there either. Nevertheless, as a porcelain modeller, he produced a fascinating and versatile body of work. Although Lücke’s time at the Meissen factory lasted less than ten months—he began in April 1728 and was dismissed in January 1729—his models demonstrates the divergences and similarities between ivory and porcelain and the different methods of working with them. His work report for the Meissen manufactory, though incomplete, shows that Lücke’s tasks were diverse. He modelled figural handles and applications for vessels as well as dishes, pipe bowls, and even a cannon. At Höchst, for example, where he worked in 1752, he created a series of fifteen comedians, recalling several ivory commedia figures that he had created twenty years earlier while still in Dresden.

I am in the process of creating a catalog raisonné for his porcelains and would appreciate any notification of their whereabouts, either in private or museum collections.

Many thanks, and all best wishes,


Dr. phil. Vanessa Sigalas
Kunsthistorikerin / Art Historian
92 Meadowbrook Rd
West Hartford CT 06107

Damaged & Destroyed, A New Online Feature from PMC

Posted in resources by Editor on August 14, 2020

From the Paul Mellon Centre:

The online feature, Damaged & Destroyed, focuses on a selection of the damaged and destroyed works that are recorded in the Centre’s photographic archive, and uses them to suggest some of the values and limitations of such archives. It takes the form of three stories. The first offers a glimpse into the work and tragic life of the largely forgotten eighteenth-century artist Hugh Robinson; the second looks at four portraits of women associated with a titled Scottish family, the Rothes, which were totally destroyed during a high-profile warehouse fire in 1997; and the third looks at a damaged sketchbook by the nomadic Georgian artist George Chinnery.

Each of these stories offers a distinct point of entry into the Paul Mellon Centre’s rich photographic archive. And each, in turn, suggests some of the different ways in which we might think about the photographs of lost, destroyed or damaged pictures that are to be found buried within its crowded contents.

In 2021, the Paul Mellon Centre (PMC) will be publishing its photographic archive online. The archive comprises more than 100,000 reproductions of paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures. The photographs, which were taken over a forty-year period between the early 1960s and the late 1990s, offer images of objects from across six centuries, and focus in particular on sixteenth- to nineteenth-century British art.

The Decorative Arts Trust Meets Capital Campaign Goal

Posted in resources by Editor on August 13, 2020

Maureen Marton (center right) was the Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Intern at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art (MWPAI). Here she evaluated the back of a crazy quilt with MWPAI staff. Photo by Richard Walker Photography. 

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Press release (15 July 2020) from the Decorative Arts Trust:

The Board of Governors of the Decorative Arts Trust is honored to announce the successful conclusion of a $2M campaign to raise endowed funds in support of the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP). Titled Providing a Future for Students of the Past, the campaign commenced in 2017 and was achieved through contributions from more than 200 donors. The largest fundraising effort mounted by the organization to date, the generosity of Trust members and a small group of private foundations and charitable funds ensures the ESP’s future in the years ahead. Upwards of 50 emerging scholars benefit from the Trust’s support in a typical year.

The Trust’s Executive Director, Matthew A. Thurlow, cites “the tremendous munificence of our community” in reaching the goal. “We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate this milestone, especially in a challenging climate.”

Charles T. Akre, Jr., President of the Trust’s Board of Governors, adds “the benefit of the ESP to young scholars and institutions alike is a great source of pride for the organization and our membership. This service is central to the Trust’s mission and will remain part of our core focus thanks to the success of this campaign.” Akre chaired the Campaign Committee and guided the fundraising process to a successful end.

Robert A. Leath, Chairman of the Trust’s Education Committee, which oversees the ESP, and President of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, states “this campaign helps to secure the future of our field through valuable opportunities for highly qualified young professionals who will serve as the next generation of caretakers for our nation’s artistic legacy.”

Brock W. Jobe, Vice President of the Board of Governors and Professor of American Decorative Arts Emeritus at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, sees this as “a foundational moment for the Trust that guarantees the continuation of grants and internships that change the lives of young professionals and enhance the Trust’s commitment to scholarship and the museum world.” Jobe was instrumental in the expansion of the ESP.