Artists and Artisans: Creative Work in Early Modern England

 Saturday 13 May 2017, 1-5pm
Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury

 No booking required

How did men and women define their occupational identities and learn to express their creativity in early modern England? Can a discussion of artists and artisans expand our knowledge of the production of portraits, decorative objects and accessories in England?

1.00 – 1.30 Coffee

1.30 – 1.50 Sarah Birt, ‘Creative work: An Introduction’

1.50 – 2.20 Helen Draper, ‘Painter Mary Beale (1633-99) and the commerce of art and love’

2.20 – 2.50 Dr Kate Smith, ‘The Creative Everyday: Failure, Repetition and the Production of Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Manufactories’

2.50 – 3.15 Discussion

3.15 – 3.40 Refreshments

3.40 – 4.10 Dr Amy Louise Erickson, ‘Fanny Burney and fan-making in 18th Century London

4.10 – 5.00 Panel discussion


Organiser: Sarah Birt


The London Renaissance Seminar (LRS) is a forum for the discussion of all aspects of early modern history, literature, and culture. It meets regularly at Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome and no registration is necessary.


For further information about LRS contact Sue Wiseman: To join the LRS mailing list, contact Tom Healy: Twitter: @LondRenaissance


Image credit: Mary Beale self-portrait. St Edmundsbury Borough Council – Moyse’s Hall Museum [CC BY-SA 2.5 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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