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Legacy in Conversation: Scrapbooks, Albums and Diaries in the 18th century

14 Mar 2017

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1-2pm

Cost of entry

Free

UCL Art Museum

London, United Kingdom

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  • Buses: 10, 18, 30, 24, 29, 73, 134
  • Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street or Warren Street

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How did people organise their notes and thoughts in the eighteenth century?

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In this talk, research student Hannah Wills explores some of the strategies employed by individuals for storing information, both textual and visual, concerning favourite books, poems and artworks, as well as original artistic compositions.

During his life, the artist Richard Cooper Jnr produced a number of albums, described in this exhibition as akin to ‘visual diaries’. By examining the notebooks and diaries of Charles Blagden (1748-1820), a little known natural philosopher and Cooper’s close contemporary, Hannah explains some of the similarities between artists’ albums, diaries, and a form of early modern scrapbook known as the ‘commonplace book’

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