In conjunction with the exhibition Mr. Whatman's Mill: Papermaking and the Art of Watercolor in Eighteenth-Century Britain, the Yale Center for British Art is holding a symposium on the early development of papermaking, particularly in Britain.
A group of leading historians, curators and conservators will discuss the introduction of new technologies and materials in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, paying special attention to the production of artists' papers for watercolor, drawing and printing. Those attending the symposium will have an opportunity to tour the exhibition.
Speakers include: John Krill (Winterthur Museum), Handmade Paper for the Arts: Innovations in Georgian England, John Bidwell (The Pierpont Morgan Library), Inspired by Whatman: Inventors and Investors in the Papermaking Trade, Maureen Green (Independent paper historian, UK), Papermaking in Kent: How Maidstone came to be called the “Paper City”, Chris Harrison (Papermaker, artist and paper historian, UK), Jacob Christian Schäffer: The Unsung Pioneer of Plant Papermaking, Theresa Fairbanks Harris (Yale Center for British Art), Rags to Riches: Whatman’s Turkey Mill, and Roy Perkinson (Boston Museum of Fine Arts), Drawn to Blue: An Overview of Artists’ Blue Papers from the Renaissance to the Nineteenth Century.
The symposium is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Please contact Serena Guerrette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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