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

14-18th September 2020

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

We are beginning to re-release our presentations on the site as we receive permission from contributors. We are grateful to Professor Malcolm Baker for allowing us to make his wonderful keynote paper available to a wider audience. We hope more will follow soon, keep checking back or follow us on Twitter for updates.

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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 explored 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 considered how the intermedial nature of the visual Arts incorporated a notable engagement with the textual realm, and looked afresh at works, practitioners and spaces (often aligned with a single discipline) by exploring their multi-media associations. To achieve this, the conference examined 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 was free of charge and was available online between Monday 14th and Friday 18th September 2020, with live interactions on the 16th and 17th September.

The conference was 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 was 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.