Friends Talk

Art Rentals in the Age of Jane Austen

20 October 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Illustrated talk by Janine Barchas

Starting in 1794, a fashionable London print shop along Piccadilly began lending out folios of caricatures overnight for a fee.

Texas-based professor and writer, Janine Barchas returns to New Zealand to share some surprising findings about early art rentals. 

Professor Barchas will discuss how the Proprietor, S.W. Fores clarified to would-be customers that his rentals of single-sheet engravings in folios were transacted “on the plan of a Circulating Library.”  Soon, his popular prints were also “lent to copy” by the month or year. 

The Georgian artrental business was the final hurrah of an expiring amateur skill that would eventually be downgraded by photography and Romanticism. 

Conference Room

Free for DPAG Society members, koha appreciated for non-member attendees

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