Research + Pizza featuring Dr. Janine Barchas on Jane Austen and "What Jane Saw"
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
At the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) , 2.500
Experience Jane Austen’s popular culture as Dr. Janine Barchas from the Department of English leads a tour of her latest project, “What Jane Saw,” a virtual reconstruction of a museum exhibit Austen attended.
On 24 May 1813, Jane Austen visited an important and much-talked-about art exhibit at the British Institution in Pall Mall, London. The show was a retrospective of the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), England's celebrated portrait painter.
No visual record of this show is known to have survived, although it attracted hundreds of daily visitors during its much-publicized three-month run. However, many details of the exhibit can be reconstructed from the original 1813 "Catalogue of Pictures," a one-shilling pamphlet purchased by visitors as a guide through the three large rooms where hung 141 paintings by Reynolds. Armed with surviving copies of this pamphlet, narrative accounts in nineteenth-century newspapers and books, and precise architectural measurements of the British Institution's exhibit space, this presentation shows a reconstruction of the Reynolds show as Jane Austen (as well as any Jane Doe) saw it.
Free pizza provided, while it lasts, courtesy of Austin's Pizza.