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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840142754
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • 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 culture 1
1 Ceci n'est pas un monument: Vetusta Monumenta and antiquarian aesthetics 15
2 Graphic antiquarianism in eighteenth-century Britain: the career and reputation of George Vertue (1684-1756) 35
3 British antiquity and antiquarian illustration 55
4 'A small journey into the country': William Stukeley and the formal landscapes of Stonehenge and Avebury 67
5 The true rust of the Barons' Wars: gardens, ruins and the national landscape 83
6 Caspar David Friedrich and national antiquarianism in Northern Germany 95
7 The extra-illustration of London: the gendered spaces and practices of antiquarianism in the late eighteenth century 115
8 The desk: excavation site and repository of memories 135
9 Antiquarianism, connoisseurship and the Northern Renaissance print: new collecting cultures in the early nineteenth century 149
10 Science and sensibility: architectural antiquarianism in the early nineteenth century 169
11 Story, history and the passionate collector 187
Select secondary literature 205
Index 209
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