An art historical cornucopia

January 16 2012

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Picture: University of York

Richard Stephens of The University of York has been in touch about the website of The Art World in Britain 1660-1735. The project aims to put as many primary materials on the web as possible from the period in question, and has begun already with invaluable sales catalogues, newspaper adverts, and a checklist of some 8000 paintings in Irish and UK collections. It is a fantastic resource - and another demonstration of why the future of art history is online. 

Richard also asks me to mention that if anybody out there has any additional sources the project might find useful (like, say, Sir Peter Lely's 'List of Paintings made by my Studio Assistants but Which I Signed as my Own'),* then he would be grateful if they could please let him know. 

*I made this up. Tho' there should be such a list; Lely was rather naughty late in life, and quite a few later signed works are largely studio productions. 

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