0088 Drawing from Fancy: The Intersection of Art and Design in Mid-Eighteenth-Century London

  • Anne Puetz (Author)
    The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

    Dr. Anne Puetz studied for her undergraduate degree in History of Art and Italian at University College London and the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. She has an MA in art history from The Courtauld and obtained her PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University, writing her doctoral thesis on the subject of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century design prints. She is currently responsible for the extensive programme of non-degree art history courses at The Courtauld. Anne was Paul Mellon Center Research Curator of The Courtauld Gallery's Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836 (2001) and has written on print collecting, on foreign exhibitors at the Royal Academy, on artisanal design education and on the Society of Arts.

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This paper attempts to bring the world of mid-eighteenth-century British design into fruitful conversation with contemporary art theory and practice. Taking the neighbourhood and milieu of the St Martin's Lane area in London as a starting point, I investigate connections between British "rococo" design and William Hogarth's Analysis of Beauty in terms of shared formal values and contemporary implications of "modernity". I argue for a mutual indebtedness rather than "art" directing "design".


Analysis of Beauty, Eighteenth-century British design and decorative arts, Drawing, Design/Disegno, Ornament, Modernity, Patriotism, Thomas Johnson, Matthias Lock, John Linnell, Thomas Chippendale