Monthly Archives: November 2012

Programme: The Art Press in the Twentieth Century


The final programme of the conference ‘The Art Press in the Twentieth Century’ has just been released. See below for more details. To register for the conference please see the conference website.

The Art Press in the Twentieth Century: History, criticism and the art market in magazines and journals

A one-day conference organised by Sotheby’s Institute of Art and The Burlington Magazine, 1st February 2013 at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE

SESSION 1: 1890–1929

Chaired by Ysanne Holt (University of Northumbria) and Barbara Pezzini (The Burlington Magazine)

Meaghan Clarke (University of Sussex) – The art press at the fin-de-siècle: women, collecting and connoisseurship

Yu-Jen Liu (Academia Sinica) – Art, reproduction and the market: the politics and poetics of Chinese art illustration 1908–11

Poppy Sfakianaki (University of Crete) – Promoting the value(s) of Modernism: the interviews of Tériade and Zervos with art dealers in Cahiers d’art, 1927–28 Continue reading

Resource: The London Gallery Project

Commercial galleries in London were central to the Edwardian art scene; it was here that many major exhibitions of the age were staged (The Post-Impressionists, The Camden Town Group, The Futurists), and where many modern artists were given their first opportunity to hold solo exhibitions. The period 1895-1914 also saw the foundation of several important spaces, including the Leicester Galleries, the Sackville, and the Carfax Gallery.

The rise of the modern art market in London has gained a good deal of scholarly attention in recent years, with a raft of excellent publications. These are now supported by an online resource, The London Gallery Project, which acts as a research repository and visualization of the history of the commercial art gallery in London, c. 1850-1914. At the heart of the web-page is an inter-active map, which charts the movement of these gallery spaces over time and in relation to other spaces, such as artists’ residences, stores, and museums. An extensive bibliography is also included.

The project is based at Bowdoin College, under the direction of Professor Pamela Fletcher. The research and technological application are an on-going process, and the project welcomes scholarly contributions and feedback.

CFP: Uneasy Neighbours?: Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth Century

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Uneasy Neighbours?: Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth Century

An International Interdisciplinary Conference, 20 September 2013
Centre of Nineteenth-Century Research, University of Southampton

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KEITH D.M. SNELL, Professor of Rural and Cultural History, University of Leicester

The relationship between urban and rural communities in the nineteenth century was increasingly strained by the unprecedented rate and scale of social, industrial, technological and economic change worldwide. Cities demanded ever more from agriculture, while rural populations decreased; country life and work were changed by mechanisation and industrialisation, while newcomers to the cities had to adjust to alien ways of living and conditions of employment; poverty was commonplace in both the countryside and the cities, while the newly wealthy became landowners and urban leaders. Continue reading

39th Annual Conference of The Joseph Conrad Society (UK)

‘Joseph Conrad’ by William Rothenstein

THE JOSEPH CONRAD SOCIETY (UK) invites proposals for papers for its 39th Annual International Conference, to be held in Rome at the Università di Roma Tre, 10-13 July 2013.

Proposals for 25-minute papers and for panels on all topics related to Conrad’s life, work, and circle are invited. The deadline for submission of abstracts (of about 300 words) is 1 March 2013. They should be sent in MS Word format to Professor Richard Ambrosini, who is kindly hosting the conference, at:

Participants who are not already members of the Society will be requested to take out membership for one year.

Please note that this is not a residential conference, and participants will need to make their own accommodation arrangements. Suggestions for accommodation will be posted on the site before the end of 2012.

Conference details and the programme will be posted on the Society’s website as they become available.

Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory (Conference)

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following two-day conference:

Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory

11.30 – 19.10, Friday 23 November (with registration from 11.00)
09.15 – 18.45, Saturday 24 November (with registration from 08.45)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Revivalism in art and architecture is a fundamental though often overlooked aspect of modernity. From the nineteenth century to the present, styles, ideologies, techniques and approaches have been revived and re-framed. Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory seeks to investigate the diverse dimensions of revivalism, exploring its meanings and impacts across cultures, periods and media. The extent to which revivalism has been harnessed to promote idealist visions, assert aspects of personal or corporate identity, and grant fresh purchase on memorialization and nostalgia are all productive trajectories for investigation. Continue reading

Review: The Real Life Women of Downton Abbey and Life Below Stairs

Instinct invites me to be suspicious of any book with ‘real’ in the title, let alone one that also manages to fit ‘really’ into its sub-title. Such is the case with Pamela Horn’s The Real Life Women of Downton Abbey: How wives & daughters really lived in country house society over a century ago, recently published in hardback by Amberley Press. If one ‘real’ is unfortunate, two seems careless.

There are plenty of other reasons to be suspicious of this book, not least the fact that it is actually a re-printing of a much earlier text, first published in 1991 with the title Ladies of the Manor. Re-printing a book is no crime in itself – especially if it is in demand – though there is something a little cynical about the way this book has been re-branded to cater for a new audience (although, it must be noted, it is by no means alone). If the book had been re-written, or at least edited, to appeal to Downton Abbey fans, it would be a different proposition. Instead, the book has simply be re-titled and printed in a smart hard-back edition. All very handsomely produced, though at £20 many readers might prefer to scour second-hand book stores for old copies of Ladies of the Manor.

This is not, then, a new book by any means, nor is it in any way connected with the TV show Downton Abbey. Continue reading