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TLRH | Artisans and Architects 1660-1760 CRAFTVALUE

Thursday, 7 April, 2pm – Friday, 8 April 2022, 5:30pm

TLRH | Artisans and Architects 1660-1760 CRAFTVALUE

A hybrid conference hosted by CRAFTVALUE in Trinity College Dublin kindly supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub.

About this event
This is the second conference to be hosted by CRAFTVALUE, a four year IRC Advanced Laureate Research Project at Trinity College Dublin. This research seeks to open our eyes to the painstaking achievements of stone masons, carpenters, joiners, carvers and modellers of plaster, wood and stone. Artisans and Architects (1660-1760) features international speakers from Ireland, Europe and America and addresses the relationship between design and making in seventeenth and eighteenth century building practice.

The in-person element of this conference is fully booked. 
For the livestream register here.


Day 1 (7th April 2022)

Session 1: Between design and making

Chair: Christine Casey
14.00-14.10: Opening remarks
Christine Casey (Trinity College Dublin)

14.10-14.40: English builders in translation
Christine Stevenson (Courtauld Institute of Art)

14.40-15.10: Who designs the building: the architect or the craftsman?
James Campbell (Cambridge University)

15.10-15.40: William Thornton of York: joiner or architect?
Richard Hewlings (Independent scholar)
Q&A: 15.40-16.00

BREAK: 16.00-16.30

16.30: Keynote: Allegories of making: reading early modern artisanship (online presentation from New York)
Glenn Adamson (Independent author and curator)

Day 2 (8th April 2022)

Session 2. Lines of Communication
Chair: Christine Casey

09.30-10.00: Classical profiles, are they the 'alphabet of architecture'? (Stephen Riou, 1768)
Edward McParland (Trinity College Dublin)

10.00-10.30: ‘Part of relieve, parte painted’: Inigo Jones, Edward Pearce senior, John Webb and the rise of the ‘co-ordinated’ domestic interior, 1630s–50s
Gordon Higgott (Independent scholar)

10.30-11.00: Animating the space between artisans and architects: mural painting 1660-1730
Lydia Hamlett (Cambridge University)
Q&A: 11.00-11.15

BREAK: 11.15-11.45

Session 3: European perspectives
Chair: Christine Casey

11.45-12.15: Ornamental design and its links with architecture, sculpture and carpentry in the work of Nicolas Pineau
Bénédicte Gady (Musée Des Arts Décoratifs)

12.15-12.45: Pieter Post, Jacob Roman and their influence on woodcarving
Ada de Wit (Wallace Collection, London)

12.45-13.15: Artisans and architecture in eighteenth-century Saxony
Nele Lüttmann (Trinity College Dublin)

Q&A: 13.15-13.30

LUNCH: 13.30-14.30

Session 4: Relationships in practice
Chair: Christine Casey

14.30-15.00: The Townesends and the building of Oxford
Geoffrey Tyack (University of Oxford)

15.00-15.30: Richard Castle and his workshop practice at Trinity College Dublin
Melanie Hayes (Trinity College Dublin)

15.30-16.00: The reception of craftsmanship in Britain and Ireland
Andrew Tierney (Trinity College Dublin)

Q&A: 16.00-16.15

BREAK: 16.15-16.45

16.45-17.30: Closing keynote: The end of a craft tradition?
Conor Lucey (University College Dublin)

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Online
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but registration is required
Contact Name: Dr Andrew Tierney

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