The Lives and After-lives of Picture Displays at Castle Howard

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Research Seminar by Christopher Ridgway

Whilst tracing the whereabouts of paintings in the Castle Howard collection at a given moment is a relatively straightforward matter, comprehending the changing relationships between individual pictures (and artists), and their neighbours on the walls gives rise to more complicated enquiries. Collections and their hangs are always in flux, but just what are the motives for, and consequences of, moving pictures?

Christopher Ridgway is curator at Castle Howard and has lectured and published on its architecture, collections, landscapes, and archives. He is Chair of the Yorkshire Country House Partnership, and Adjunct Professor at Maynooth University. His most recent publication, co-edited with Terence Dooley, is Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain (Four Courts Press, 2018).


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Image: John Jackson, Frederick Howard, the 5th Earl of Carlisle with his son Henry Howard in the Long Gallery at Castle Howard, c.1810.

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