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2nd Conference: Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735 project


20th May 2011, Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain

Speakers: Anthony Geraghty (University of York), Sarah Monks (University of East Anglia), Helen Pierce (University of Aberdeen), Debra Pring (University of London), Jacqueline Riding (University of York), Christine Stevenson (Courtauld Institute), Dror Wahrman (Indiana University)

British Art 1660-1735: Close Readings will showcase some the the latest scholarship on art and artist in this dynamic period. Focusing on the detailed study of works of art, the conference is designed to open up new perspectives on their place within British culture. Speakers will concentrate on a particular object, or small set of objects, from the period, which will be discussed in relation to one or more of the broader strands that are being explored by the 'Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735' project.

The programme  was updated on 4 March 2011, to include two new speakers, Dror Wahrman (Indiana University) and Debra Pring (University of London).

 10.00-10.15 Registration 
 10.15-10.30 Welcome and Introduction
Mark Hallett (University of York)

 Anthony Geraghty (University of York)

 Anthony Geraghty is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of York. His catalogue The Architectural Drawings of Sir Christopher Wren at All Souls College Oxford was published by Lund Humphries in 2007. He is currently finalising a book on the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.

'Robert Streeter at the Sheldonian'

 11.15-11.30  Coffee

 Helen Pierce (University of Aberdeen)

Helen Pierce is a Teaching Fellow in History of Art at the University of Aberdeen.

'Francis Barlow: the Political Animal'


 Christine Stevenson (Courtauld Institute)

Christine Stevenson, Senior Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, is completing a book to be published by Yale University Press about the politics of architecture in Restoration London.

'Court, City cosmos: mediations of London's second Royal Exchange'

 1.00-2.00  Lunch (and a chance to see the Court,
Country, City Display in Room 3

 Sarah Monks (University of East Anglia)

 Sarah Monks is Lecturer in Art History at the School of World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia.  She is the author of Art and the Sea in Britain, 1650-1850 (Ashgate, forthcoming).

'Drawing fire: the van de Veldes, and the imagery and implications of late Stuart naval conflict'


 Jacqueline Riding (University of York)

 Jacqueline Riding is an independent historian and writer, currently working on a history of the second Jacobite Rebellion for Bloomsbury Publishing and Mike Leigh's new film on JMW Turner. She is completing her PhD on Joseph Highmore (1692-1780) at the University of York.

'The City Candidate: Joseph Highmore's "David Le Marchand" and the search for Kneller's heir'

 3.30-3.45  Tea

 Dror Wahrman (Indiana University)

Dror Wahrman teaches history at Indiana University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is completing a book on the illusionist art of Edward Collier, and another with Jonathan Sheehan on order and disorder, providence, chance and self-organization in eighteenth-century Europe.

'Close, closer, closest reading: Art, obsession and the media revolution, c.1700'


 Debra Pring (University of London)

 Debra Pring was recently awarded her PhD from London University where her thesis dealt with the life and work of Edwaert Collier, with specific emphasis on his musical still-lifes - the first full-length examination of this artist's work ever undertaken. She is executive director of Repertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM), the scholarly body which co-ordinates and promotes research and data collection in music iconology worldwide, based in London and New York.

'"When I behold my Picture": the negotiation of meaning in Edwaert Collier's Still Life with a Copy of Wither's "Emblemes" '

 5.15-5.45  Panel Discussion
Chair: Martin Myrone (Tate Britain)

Printable programme (PDF , 12kb)

Abstracts (PDF , 133kb)


The conference is free, but you must register to attend. Email, or write to CECS (Tate Conference), The King's Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, YORK YO1 7EP with your name, address and affiliation if any.

Please note that coffee and tea will be available at the two breaks, but lunch will not be provided. We have been asked to inform delegates that the proceedings will be filmed. 


Detail from Sir Peter Lely, Two Ladies of the Lake Family, c. 1660. Copyright Tate, London 2010