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Workshop 2: Representations of Country House Servants

April 24 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

June 2024: Manchester Metropolitan University

9.00-9.15:      Introduction and welcome

9.15-9.50:      Karen Lipsedge, Kingston University: ‘What’s in a name? The representation of country house servants in eighteenth century fiction

9.50-10.25:    Richard Ansell, Birkbeck, University of London: ‘Self-Representations of Servants on the 18th-Century Grand Tour

10.25-10.45:  Coffee break

10.45-11.20:  Sophie Dunn: ‘Representations of Servants in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Conduct Manuals

11.20-11.40:  Literary and prescriptive sources: normalising behaviour?

11.40-12.15:  Kate Retford, Birkbeck, University of London: ‘British servant portraiture, gender, and the case of “Betty the little”’

12.15-13.15:  Lunch

13.15-13.50:  Johanna Ilmakunnas, Åbo Akademi University: ‘Servants’ work, material culture and space in Swedish gender paintings: Pehr Hilleström (1732–1816)

13.50-14.25:  John Chu, The National Trust: ‘Peripheral Vision: Servant portraits and spaces for domestic service in 18th-century Britain

14.25-14.45:  Coffee break

14.45-15.20:  Bård Frydenlund, Eidsvoll 1814: ‘From the Viceroy’s page boy to constitutional servant to royal postmaster: 150 years of mythmaking and fallacies regarding Viceroy Gyldenløve’s page boy in Constitution Hall, Eidsvoll House

15.20-15.40:  Visual sources: telling stories