Places to See: Hogarth House

Looking for a place to visit while in London but don’t have a lot of time? Visit Hogarth House. The home of famed English satirist, painter and engraver, William Hogarth.

CONFERENCES: Beyond Iconophobia: 'Decorative' art and the visual culture of Early Modern England

The following piece is my summary of a brilliant paper given by Tara Hamling on at the Institute of Historical Research on art, religion and visual culture in Early Modern England.

Things to See in London: Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

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The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.

Researchers recreate unfinished Tudor tombs

Researchers at the University of Leicester have recreate two Tudor tomb monuments that were never completed. The tombs originally were intended to stand in Thetford Priory and were planned by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk – one for himself, and another for Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond.

The Guinea Pig as a pet in Tudor England

A little known painting of three Elizabethan children containing what may be the first portrait of a guinea pig has been uncovered by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Ludicrous or lucid? Medieval costumes and royal politics in mid-nineteenth century Britain

This paper explores the motivation and impact of the use of medieval imagery on the notion of nineteenth century queenship by examination of Sir Edward Landseer’s painting, the 1842 Bal Costumé portrait, and a 1867 group statue ‘The Parting,’ by William Theed.

Hans Holbein the Younger, Artist to the Tudors

There’s a reason why we know who the principal players were on the stage of the court of King Henry VIII of England. And there’s a reason why we know what they looked like. He is Hans Holbein the Younger, the principal portraitist of early Tudor England. But he wasn’t just a portraitist. He was an artist extraordinaire.

Representations of Elizabeth I

This thesis looks at three themes in representations of the Queen in Elizabethan literature. They are: the problem of representing a female ruler; the relation between the cult of Elizabeth and the cult of the Virgin Mary; and representations of Elizabeth as Cynthia, the moon-goddess. These topics are seen as focal points for problematic issues in panegyric.

"The Right Thing in the Right Place" P. H. Emerson and the Picturesque Photograph

Between Emerson’s theories of photography and his conceptions of landscape, however, that subject vanishes into the picturesque, the laborers themselves reduced to mythical, powerless creatures, faceless models of charming work.

Empty Hands and Precious Pictures: Post-mortem Portrait Photographs of Children

This essay asks what kinds of comfort might be found in a photograph of a dead child, and in it I seek to place the post-mortem portrait photograph in the context of the Victorian emotional, material and visual culture of death.

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