Reputation Management in Late Eighteenth-Century Europe: Angelica Kauffman, the Women and the Men

26.01.2016, Seminar, DHI London

Seminar held by Amanda Vickery (London).

This lecture deals with the economic success and reputation management of the Swiss–Austrian artist Angelica Kauffman (1741–1807), focusing on her London career from 1766 to 1781. She was one of only two female artists admitted to the fledging Royal Academy. The lecture is a study in the art of female public relations. Kauffman achieved unique recognition and spectacular commercial success, all the while sustaining a reputation for ingenuous innocence. How did she pull it off?

Amanda Vickery is Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the prize-winning author of The Gentleman’s Daughter (1998) and Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (2009). In 2014 she researched and wrote ‘The Story of Women and Art’ for BBC2.

Seminars are held at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute. 
Tea is served from 5.00 p.m. in the Common Room, and wine is available after the seminars.

Guided tours of the Library are available before each seminar at 4.30 p.m.


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