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Nineteenth-Century Reading Group Meeting:

Birdsong and Silence

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Ticket/entry details: Open to academic staff and postgraduate students of The Courtauld, King’s College London and other institutions

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott (The Courtauld Institute of Art) with Professor Clare Pettitt and Josephine McDonagh (Kings College London)

Shows of London is an interdepartmental/intercollegiate group studying Victorian Culture that meets regularly to discuss texts on street culture, representation, the Metropolis and associated issues.

Reading list:

  • Caroline Arscott, ‘William Morris’s tapestry: metamorphosis and prophecy in The Woodpecker (1885)’, article forthcoming in Art History.
  • Charles Harvey and Jon Press, William Morris Design and Enterprise in Victorian Britain, Manchester University Press, 1991, pp.95 -116.
  • Caroline Dakers, The Holland Park Circle: Artists and Victorian Society, Yale University Press, 1999, chapter 7, ‘Howard, Webb and 1 Palace Green’.


Participants are encouraged to visit the exhibition William Morris: Story, Memory, Myth at 2 Temple Place open until 29th January 2012 (

Texts can be found at the Shows of London website:

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