Art and Diplomacy: Seventeenth-Century English Decorated Royal Letters to Russia and the Far East

Art and Diplomacy: Seventeenth-Century English Decorated Royal Letters to Russia and the Far East

by Maija Jansson

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Art and Diplomacy: Seventeenth-Century English Decorated Royal Letters to Russia and the Far East by Maija Jansson

In this study of Art and Diplomacy we see the relationship between renaissance design in decorated borders and the messages conveyed in the texts of royal letters from the English kings to Russia and rulers in the Far East. These are cases of art serving the Crown, with much of the early limning done by Edward Norgate, the English miniaturist. Printed here for the first time from Russian, English, and other archives, this collection provides a continuum for the study of the limning of royal letters throughout the 17th century. The letters that the decoration enhances reveal the details of privileges and commercial advantages sought by the English, and the cultural interests of the Russians in their requests for English doctors, apothecaries, jewelers, and mineralogists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004294493
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/10/2015
Series: Brill's Studies in Intellectual History / Brill's Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History , #244
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Maija Jansson, Ph.D. (1985), Temple University, FRHS, Director Emerita of the Yale Center for Parliamentary History, currently Visiting Fellow at Yale University. She has published multiple volumes of proceedings in the English parliaments as well as articles on the impeachment of Inigo Jones, ambassadorial gifts, decoration in Whitehall, et cetera.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Documents and Design

Chapter 1. Instruments of Policy

Chapter 2. Complexities of Royal Letters

Chapter 3. Decoration, Format, Art and Text

Chapter 4. Limners, Printers and Embellishers

Early Stuarts

Chapter 5. James I

Letters

Chapter 6. Charles I

Letters

Commonwealth and Protectorate

Chapter 7, Note on The Interregnum

Later Stuarts

Chapter 8. Charles II

Letters

Chapter 9. James II

Letters
Conclusion

Appendix 1. Notes on the letters printed below from RGADA (transcribed and translated by Paul Bushkovitch)

Appendix 2. Brief bibliography of Russian sources (compiled by Paul Bushkovitch)

Bibliography

Index

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