Producing the Past: Aspects of Antiquarian Culture and Practice 1700–1850, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Producing the Past

Aspects of Antiquarian Culture and Practice 1700–1850, 1st Edition

Edited by Lucy Peltz, Martin Myrone


214 pages

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First published in 1999, this volume examines antiquarianism which had its roots in Renaissance thought and was a popular intellectual and cultural pursuit throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The antiquarian work of collecting, compiling and presenting material which exposed the past was seminal to the formation of social and national identities. These essays evaluate the cultural and poltical implications of antiquarianism in the period 1700-1850. The volume also considers how the antiquarians laid the foundations of later museum culture and the discipline of history.

With a preface by Stephen Bann and introduced by Martin Myrone and Lucy Peltz, Producing the Past has contributions from Stephen Bending, Alexandrina Buchanan, Susan A. Crane, David Haycock, Maria Grazia Lolla, Heather MacLennan, Martin Myrone, Lucy Peltz, Annegret Pelz, Sam Smiles and Johann Reusch.


'Well illustrated, and beautifully produced, this book represents a landmark in the study of neglected and still controversial field of scholarship.' Journal of the History of Collections 'The essays in the volume are striking for the variety of their approaches to the subject and interdisciplinary methodologies.' The Art Book.

Table of Contents

1. Ceci n’est pas un Monument: Vetusta Monumenta and Antiquarian Aesthetics. Maria Grazia Lolla. 2. Graphic Antiquarianism in Eighteenth-Century Britain: the Career and Reputation of George Vertue (1684-1756). Martin Myrone. 3. British Antiquity and Antiquarian Illustration. Sam Smiles. 4. ‘A small journey into the country’: William Stukeley and the Formal Landscapes of Stonehenge and Avebury. David Haycock. 5. The True Rust of the Baron’s Wars: Gardens, Ruins and the National Landscape. Stephen Bending. 6. Caspar David Friedrich and National Antiquarianism in Northern Germany. Johann J.K. Reusch. 7. The Extra-Illustration of London: the Gendered Spaces and Practices of Antiquarianism in the Late Eighteenth Century. Lucy Peltz. 8. The Desk: Excavation Site and Repository of Memories. Annegret Pelz, translated and revised by Anne Puetz. 9. Antiquarianism, Connoisseurship and the Northern Renaissance Print: New Collecting Cultures in the Early Nineteenth Century. Heather MacLennan. 10. Science and Sensibility: Architectural Antiquarianism in the Early Nineteenth Century. Alexandrina Buchanan. 11. Story, History and the Passionate Collector. Susan A. Crane.

About the Author/Editors

Martin Myrone and Lucy Peltz Preface by Stephen Bann Martin Myrone is Programme Curator, pre-1900 Art at the Tate Gallery of British Art. Lucy Peltz is Assistant Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings at the Museum of London. Stephen Bann is Head of Cultural Studies at the University of Kent.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / History / General