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    Light incidents: jokes in Eighteenth-Century British portraiture

    Retford, Kate Light incidents: jokes in Eighteenth-Century British portraiture. In: Fairfax House Events, 14 Nov 2018, York, UK. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    We often think of portraiture as a very serious, self-promotional business, but a number of small ‘conversation piece’ portraits from the eighteenth century engaged with the lighter side of life. Sitters often liked to express their good humour, and required artists to engage with the ‘in jokes’ they shared with family and friends. Kate Retford, author of The Conversation Piece, recently published by Yale University Press (2017) will explore the humour to be found in these paintings, from puns through to pratfalls.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
    School: School of Arts > History of Art
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 09:20
    Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 09:20
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41802

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