Two events with Steve Hindle, W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research, The Huntington Library
British History Lecture Series Presents
W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research, The Huntington Library
Wednesday, June 5, 2012 for two events!
A Presentation on "The Huntington Library Fellowships and
Conference Programs: A Guide for Prospective Applicants"
Lane History Corner, room 307 at 12:30 - Lunch Provided
"Representing Rural Society: Labor and the Landscape in an
Eighteenth Century Conversation Piece"
Lane History Corner, room 307 at 3:15 pm
Steve Hindle is a pioneering scholar of the social, cultural, and economic history of Early Modern Britain. Currently research director at the Huntington Library, he will be offering a lunchtime presentation on fellowship opportunities now available at the Huntington.
In addition he will be presenting a research paper entitled "Representing Rural Society: Labor and the Landscape in an Eighteenth Century Conversation Piece." Abstract: The social relations of production in agriculture remain one of the great underexplored areas in the economic history of early modern England. Although there has been increasing historiographical interest in the calculation of wage rates, there is little understanding either of the practices and rhythms of agricultural of work or of the meaning and value of rural labor to those who undertook it. In this paper Steve Hindle explores these issues from the perspective of a historian using art historical evidence, specifically through a discussion of the dynamics of labor relations amongst harvest workers as depicted in the margins of Edward Haytley’s 1744 painting of the Montagu family at their estate at Sandelford Priory, near Newbury (Berkshire). By combining a close reading of the painting—and especially of the dress and the demeanor of the laborers—with an analysis of the Montagu correspondence held in the Huntington Library, Haytley’s depiction of harvest work at Sandelford can be placed into the context of debates about the improvement of the landscape, about the leisure preferences of the laboring poor and about the utility of poverty in seventeenth and eighteenth century England.
The British History Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from the Anglo-California Foundation
Lane History Corner, room 307