ARTES / Durham University’s Zurbarán Centre Autumn 2022 Seminar Series – 9 November, 6pm

A reminder that our next Research Seminar will take place TODAY, 9 November at 18.00 on zoom:

Professor Sir Barry Ife, “George Vivian’s Spanish Scenery and the Politics of the 1830s”

Image: George Vivian, Granada, Plaza del Campillo. Lithograph.

Registration is required:

Abstract: George Vivian’s book of 29 hand-coloured lithographs of Spanish ‘scenery’ was published in London by Colnaghi in 1838. It has remained largely overlooked in the rather crowded field of illustrated accounts by nineteenth-century travellers to Spain; and Vivian himself has been overshadowed by more prolific and higher-profile contemporaries such as David Roberts. This paper takes a fresh look at Vivian’s book, which was based on two journeys to Spain in 1833 and 1837. A great deal had happened in Spain between those two visits, and among the many other questions raised by this book is the extent to which those events are reflected in it. In a word, just how scenic is Vivian’s Spanish Scenery.

About the speaker: Barry Ife is a cultural historian specialising in Spain. From 1988-2004 he was Cervantes Professor of Spanish at King’s College London and from 2004-2017 he was Principal of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now Research Professor. He is currently working on a book on the voice of Cervantes and is directing a project to collate all eighteenth-century manuscripts and printed witnesses of Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas.

The event is organised by the Zurbarán Centre with the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group.

For details on the programme, please visit the Zurbarán Centre website.

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