The British Library and Paul Mellon Centre are delighted to announce a call for papers for a series of online gatherings (November 2-11, 2021).
We hope to showcase new research on landscape and topographical print series and to present new ways of thinking about how and why the ‘big names’ of the period such as Turner, Constable, Girtin and Cotman stand out (or not) in this context. We would hope that the subject will appeal to scholars of publishing, literature, and book history, as well as to landscape art historians.
We are pleased to invite proposals for 15-minute papers. These might offer close readings of individual sets of such prints, whether familiar or obscure.
We are just as interested in approaches that look at these kinds of graphic series from a broader perspective, and that address their production, consumption and appeal within the wider realms of print publishing, print culture, publishing, antiquarianism and artistic practice. Similarly, we encourage proposals that place such series in the context of eighteenth/nineteenth-century debates about rural, regional, metropolitan and imperial identity, and in relation to recent discussions on the environment and the Anthropocene.
Our recently uploaded gallery of images from the King's Topographical Collection may provide inspiration.
This programme of seminars is being convened by Mark Hallett of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Felicity Myrone of the British Library
For full details and information on how to propose a paper please refer to the call for papers on the Paul Mellon Centre website.
Deadline: 1 July 2021
To be added to our mailing list and find out about future opportunities, please contact Research.Development@bl.uk.
Image: William Crotch, 1775-1847, THE BRILL HILLS, from WOODPERRY, near OXFORD. / Drawn and Etch'd by Wm. Crotch ; Prepar'd & Aquafortis by Ino. Girtin. London : Pubd. Septr. 1. 1810, by J. Girtin, Engraver, Printer & Publisher, 11, Charles Street, Soho Square. K.Top.35.39.