Producing the Past: Aspects of Antiquarian Culture and Practice, 1700-1850

Producing the Past: Aspects of Antiquarian Culture and Practice, 1700-1850

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by Martin Myrone
     
 

Antiquarianism, which had its roots in Renaissance thought, was a popular intellectual and cultural pursuit throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The antiquarian work of collecting, compiling and presenting material which exposed the past was seminal to the formation of social and national identities. These essays evaluate the cultural and political… See more details below

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Antiquarianism, which had its roots in Renaissance thought, was a popular intellectual and cultural pursuit throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The antiquarian work of collecting, compiling and presenting material which exposed the past was seminal to the formation of social and national identities. These essays evaluate the cultural and political implications of antiquarianism in the period 1700-1850. The volume also considers how the antiquarians laid the foundations of later museum culture and the discipline of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840142754
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Series:
Reinterpreting Classicism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: 'Mine are the subjects rejected by the historian': antiquarianism, history and the making of modern culture1
1Ceci n'est pas un monument: Vetusta Monumenta and antiquarian aesthetics15
2Graphic antiquarianism in eighteenth-century Britain: the career and reputation of George Vertue (1684-1756)35
3British antiquity and antiquarian illustration55
4'A small journey into the country': William Stukeley and the formal landscapes of Stonehenge and Avebury67
5The true rust of the Barons' Wars: gardens, ruins and the national landscape83
6Caspar David Friedrich and national antiquarianism in Northern Germany95
7The extra-illustration of London: the gendered spaces and practices of antiquarianism in the late eighteenth century115
8The desk: excavation site and repository of memories135
9Antiquarianism, connoisseurship and the Northern Renaissance print: new collecting cultures in the early nineteenth century149
10Science and sensibility: architectural antiquarianism in the early nineteenth century169
11Story, history and the passionate collector187
Select secondary literature205
Index209

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