Home Subjects

a working group dedicated to the display of art in the private interior, c. 1715-1914

Home Subjects session at “Creating Markets, Collecting Art”

Vanessa Bell's studio at Charleston House, http://www.charleston.org.uk/.

Vanessa Bell’s studio at Charleston House, http://www.charleston.org.uk/.

We are pleased to announce the speakers for the “Home Subjects” session at the 2016 Christie’s Education conference, “Creating Markets, Collecting Art,” to be held in London on July 14 and 15, 2016 to celebrate 250 years of Christie’s. The papers present a diverse range of topics and approaches to the intersection of the art market, the domestic interior, and the display of art, from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century.  In the run-up to the conference, we will be featuring blog posts from our speakers as a preview to the papers.  We hope to see you there!

Home Subjects: the Art Market and the Domestic Sphere in Britain

Session chair: Morna O’Neill, Wake Forest University
The decoration of the private home has become the focus of a tremendous amount of academic energy during the past five years. What is missing from these accounts, however, is a consideration of the vital role that the art market played in enabling the decoration of interiors at all social ranks. This session reconsider the relationship between the art market and the domestic sphere in the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries. The papers explore the complicated set of expectations governing the acquisition and sale of artworks intended for private display, including the role of the art dealer as interior decorator, the auction “house” and the domestic ideal, and the relationship between private and public modes of display and decoration. This panel forms part of a network of scholarly discussions under the umbrella of Home Subjects, a research working group that aims to plot a new trajectory for modernity traced through the private, domestic sphere. For more on Home Subjects please visit homesubjects.org.

Anne Nellis Richter, Independent Scholar, From Palais Royal to Pall Mall: Collecting and displaying art in the London townhouse, 1790-1824

Diana Davis, Independent Scholar, The Wanstead House sale of 1822: A bonfire of Regency vanities

Adriana Turpin, FSA (IESA/University of Warwick), French 18th-century Furniture in the Drawing rooms of London: the market and taste for French decorative arts in the long nineteenth-century

Alexis Clark, University of Southern California, A Home of Their Own: The aesthetics and ethics of Post-Impressionism in the British home