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Two-day workshop in the History of Collecting

Tuesday 1st July, 2014 - Wednesday 2nd July, 2014

09:30am - 5:00pm

Price: £69.55

Ages: Adults


Tuesday 1 July: Institute of Historical Research, 10am - 6pm, followed by a Reception

Wednesday 2 July: The Wallace Collection, 9.30am - 5pm

With the developing interest in the history of collecting, this two-day workshop aims to bring out new research in the area of collecting and art markets in the early modern era 1700-1900. The focus of this workshop will be on the collector and his circles, whether friends, advisors or dealers, so as to give further understanding to the context in which individual collectors acquired and displayed their collections. Recent research on art markets and on individual collectors has revealed the fascinating and complex background of individual collectors. Further discussions of the international connections between artists, dealers and collectors have shown how these networks stretch across disciplines and countries. 

The workshop will be held over two days, 1 and 2 July 2014 and will take place in two venues: at the Institute of Historical Research on Tuesday 1 July and at the Wallace Collection on Wednesday 2 July.


Speakers will include Frank Herrmann, Independent Scholar; Dr Charles Avery, Historian of Sculpture and Independent Fine Art Consultant;  Jeremy Warren, Collections and Academic Curator, the Wallace Collection;  Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, Research Curator (History of Collecting) National Gallery; Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of the Waddesdon Bequest and Curator of Renaissance Europe, The British Museum; Rufus Bird, Deputy Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art, The Royal Collection's Trust; Dr Lucy Peltz, Curator, 18th-century Collections, National Portrait Gallery and Dr Patricia de Montford, Lecturer in History of Art, University of Glasgow.

The two days will consist of short presentations (15 minutes) followed by discussions in order to explore these issues more fully.  It is organised by the Wallace Collection in partnership with the Warwick/IESA MA in the History and Business of Collecting and the Collecting and Display Seminar Group at the Institute of Historical Research.


Tickets can be purchased below. Preferential booking will be given to those booking for both days. Booking for one day will open from 15 April.  For all other enquiries not related to booking, please contact:

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