Visual Print Culture in Europe: techniques, genres, imagery and markets in a comparative perspective, 1500-1850
University of Warwick at: Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy
December 5-6, 2015
Call for Papers – closing date June 1, 2015
Under Napoleon’s Empire we find London acting as a hub for printing caricatures of Napoleon in a range of languages, and with a number of distinctive styles. The above print, Die Universalmonarchie, for example, claims to have been published by Boydell & Co. in London in 1815, but the Boydells were based at Cheapside, not – as the print states – at Pall Mall (once the location of the late Josiah Boydell’s famous Shakespeare Gallery). The publication information would seem to be spurious and the British Museum suggests that it was likely published in Paris. Is this print, then, German, French, or even possibly English? Who exactly is its market? How far is its imagery tailored to a particular “national” audience and in what ways might it be distinctively comprehensible to such an audience? Besides London, what other European hubs were important, at what moments and why?
‘Visual Print Culture in Europe 1500-1850′ aims to draw together scholars with a range of disciplinary skills to discuss the …read more