Seminar Programme

The Institute of Historical Research at the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London hosts our seminar on Collecting & Display. The monthly seminars take place at the Institute, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU. Seminars begin at 6.00 and last approximately one hour. 

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Our seminars in 2022-3 will be hybrid – we look forward to seeing you then!

SPRING 2023

Monday, 16 January, at 6 p.m (GMT)

IN PERSON OR ON ZOOM

Sara Ayres, Centre for Privacy Studies, Copenhagen University will talk on

Prince Otto of Hesse in Whitehall Palace, 1611

Hans Eworth (d.1574) Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses, 1569, oil on panel, RCIN 403446

Abstract

Abstract

This paper draws upon four manuscript accounts of Prince Otto von Hessen-Kassel’s princely tour in England and Scotland in 1611. From within this rich set of manuscripts, the paper focuses specifically on the account’s descriptions of James VI and I (1566-1625) and Anna of Denmark’s (1574-1619) rooms at Whitehall Palace, their connection with the Shield Gallery, or Waterside Gallery, with particular attention to the images and objects collected therein. I will consider how these objects and images constituted a thoughtfully deliberate display and suggest that this display worked cohesively to perform the consumption, digestion and assimilation of the Elizabethan cultural legacy by the new, Jacobean regime. 

Dr Sara Ayres is currently an Associate Fellow affiliated with the Centre for Privacy Studies, Copenhagen University. She also teaches at Coventry University. Her research has been funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, Nordea Fonden, the Pasold Foundation, the Paul Mellon Centre and the Association of Art Historians. She has published on early modern art at the Jacobean courts in the Journal for Historians of Netherlandish Art and the Oxford Art Journal. Her monograph, Danish-British Consort Portraiture 1600-1900 is forthcoming with Lund Humphries in April 2023. She is currently just a few thousand words away from finishing off a critical edition of the diary of Prince George of Denmark’s visit to the Stuart court in 1669. 

JOINING INSTRUCTIONS

To attend in person: The seminar will take place in the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St London WC1E 7HU, room Wolfson NB02. Please register with the Institute of Historical Research, stating that you will be attending in person.

To attend online please register with the Institute of Historical Research, Collecting and Display and a link will be sent to you on the day.