An Historical Oversight

I owe the blogosphere a post on Malcolm Jones’ book The Print in Early Modern England. It’s hard to know what to say really because it’s such a big book. It fills a gap in scholarship by providing a thorough overview of the print in 16th and 17th century Britain. If you’re one of the many people who find this blog on Google by typing in search terms related to 17th-century engravings, then you really ought to have a look at this book. If you’re a PhD or Masters student, definitely look at this book. You’ll be told off by your tutor if you don’t.

When I was an undergraduate Art History student way back in the mid 1990s I studied the satirical prints of 18th-century England. If memory serves me correctly, back in those days the study of the 18th-century print was still quite a new thing. When I began my PhD 8 or 9 years ago (dear me, is it really that far back in history), very little had been published on the 17th-century print. Writing my literature survey chapter was a nightmare because I couldn’t find enough literature to put in it. The book I relied on was Anthony Griffiths’ The Print in Stuart Britain. (Which students really should look at by the way.)

Anyway, back to Jones’ lovely great big book. I think there’s a lot in it for historians of early modern culture and for anyone with a general interest in English history. Students of theology and Christianity will be interested in the chapters on religious prints. For example, there’s a chapter on anti-Catholic satirical prints and another on the Godly Life. I was delighted to see a chapter on anti-Protestant and anti-sectarian imagery.

It’s hard for me to give an accurate assessment of this book because I am out of the scholarship loop. I don’t know what else has been published recently. But I think that this book has a lot of fresh new material in terms of both prints and historical quotations, and I like that very much.

Early Modern Online Bibliography

This blog is well worth checking out for information on EEBO, ECCO and the Burney Collection Online. I used the Burney Collection in the research for my PhD, and very inconvenient it was as well because it was all on microfilm in London. I must admit I’m a bit jealous of today’s students.

Nevertheless, if you check out the blog and go to the page on the Burney Collection you will find free access to the site until 30th October.

Chapter One

It seems like a long time since I last added anything to this blog, and even longer since I finished my PhD.

I’ve decided that I might as well put the Word documents online, as it saves people having to email me to ask for copies.

The first chapter is available at this link.

In some ways it is quite a narrow PhD thesis. It examines the fact that17th-century printsellers placed advertisements for portrait prints in newspapers at times when the sitters were in the news. But it is also a very broad piece of work. It takes in a huge slice of current affairs from the the 1660s up to 1714. It also touches on the fact that portrait prints were certainly not the only consumer goods to be marketed in conjunction with news events.

Lotus Lantern Festival Seoul

This evening I went to see the Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul, held to celebrate Buddha’s birthday.

Lanterns at Jogyesa Temple

Lanterns at Jogyesa Temple

We saw a parade that was a mix of beautiful paper floats, traditional costumes, traditional music and people in ordinary dress holding lanterns.

Worshippers at Jogyesa Temple

Worshippers at Jogyesa Temple

I was disappointed by the behaviour of some Westerners who had seats along the parade route. They stood on their chairs and blocked the view for the Koreans and Westerners standing behind them.