The Intermedial Eighteenth Century: Textual and Visual Arts, 1660-1832

The Conference is Now Over

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this conference. We hope the relationships formed during the conference continue to flourish beyond this virtual platform. We hope that you enjoyed the keynote presentation by Malcolm Baker, Lucy Peltz, and David Taylor, as well as the array of insightful papers from our seven panels.

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Thank you for attending our virtual Conference we hope to see you again sometime soon.

14-18th September 2020

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Thank you to everyone who attended The Intermedial Eighteenth Century: Textual and Visual Arts, 1660-1832 conference.

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John Graham Lough in His Studio, Ralph Hedley (1848–1913). Laing Art Gallery.

This AHRC-funded conference explores intersections between literary and visual culture of the long eighteenth-century. Recent scholarship has started to point to the distinctively ‘intermedial’ nature of Art, Architecture and Design at the turn of the eighteenth century, as “objects and environments… brought a variety of materials into intimate contact, or fused them together entirely” (Mark Hallett, 2016). This conference now seeks to consider how the intermedial nature of the visual Arts incorporated a notable engagement with the textual realm, and to look afresh at works, practitioners and spaces (often aligned with a single discipline) by exploring their multi-media associations. To achieve this, the conference explores the ways in which different spaces, practices and individuals within the textual and visual Arts came to influence one another, creating dialogues and exchanges crucial to the works that emerged.

The conference is free of charge and will be available online between Monday 14th and Friday 18th September, with live interactions on the 16th and 17th September. Delegates will be asked to register their attendance in advance and will be sent a password to unlock site content. Please see the ‘Registration’ tab at the top of this page for details of how to register a place.

The conference is organised by Dr. Claudine van Hensbergen as part of her AHRC Leadership Award for the project Learning through the Art Gallery: Art, Literature and Disciplinarity (2019-2021), with technical assistance from Adam Curry. The AHRC project is run in partnership with The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. The conference is run in conjunction with the Eighteenth-Century Literature & Visual Culture Research Network.

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Header Images Above (from left): Detail, Proscenium arch and stage of a theatre, 1700-1750 ã Trustees of the British Museum; Extract from The Poet’s Gallery (1792),; Louis Francois Roubiliac, ‘Alexander Pope’ (1741), bust previously owned by David Garrick, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; Extract, Jonathan Richardson Sr, ‘An Essay on the Theory of Painting’ (1715),; Detail, Sir William Beechey, ‘Sarah Siddons with the Emblems of Tragedy’ (1793), NPG.