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Book Review: Literary Bric-à-Brac and the Victorians: From Commodities to Oddities - Nineteenth-Century Studies

My review of Jonathon Shears and Jen Harrison’s edited volume Literary Bric-à-Brac and the Victorians: From Commodities to Oddities is now up on the Nineteenth-Century Studies’ online forum, as part of a series of reviews of books on nineteenth-century materialities. See it here.

Material Culture

Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson and Memorializing the Civil War

On Saturday, November 14, 1903 crowds gathered in the new Vickburg Memorial Park, two miles outside of the city of Vickburg, Mississippi, to dedicate the first of the many statues that would eventually be placed there. 1,659 more words

American Civil War

TASTES CHANGE

John Hoppner’s Portrait of the Franklin Sisters (circa 1795)

While the Impressionists were languishing in poverty in the 1870s, a host of other artists—academic painters, aristocratic portraitists, members of the Barbizon school, and genre painters—were hungrily snapped up by the self-assured connoisseurs of the day. 39 more words

Painting

That Poppy: An elaborate piece of performance art, or marketing

For the last few months I’ve been obsessively following YouTuber and recording artist That Poppy. Her music is aggressively standard three chord Pop-music, however if you pay attention to her videos on her… 456 more words

Art History

An Unexpected Frieze

A beautiful frieze was re-discovered today! Under a magnifying lens we identified that the frieze was hand painted with a chalk based paint, applied onto plaster. 421 more words

Art History

Memories of the Future published

«Everywhere the crisis speeds toward places and people that have long kept the disasters they produced far away and for others. Across a series of groundbreaking essays, Memories of the Future sets into play a debate among scholars and artists about the politics of the future present. 319 more words

Cultural Studies