A History Of The Society Of Antiquaries Joan Evans Royal Charter Stukeley1956 For Sale
A HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES Joan Evans
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A HISTORY OF
THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES
Written by Joan Evans
PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press.
SIZE:25 cm x16 cm
No. PAGES: 487 including Appendices, Bibliography and Index.
PRICE CLIPPED: No dust jacket. APPROX. PACKED WEIGHT: 1700 grams
DESCRIPTION:Hardback,red cloth covered boards. Gilt titles on spine. Corners and spine slightly bumped. Boards in good, clean condition. Page edges clean.Book is firmly bound and sturdy. Plain endpapers lightly browned. Pages crisp and clean throughout. 44 Illustrations in b/w. Please see photographs for list of contents. Includes two pamphlets,Royal Charters and Statutes of The Society dated 1984 and A Short Guide to its History, Activities and Possessions.
This is a heavy book approx. 1700g.
Date born: 1893
Place born: Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Date died: 1977
Place died: Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Oxford-trained private medievalist art historian and collector. Evans was the daughter of Sir John Evans (1823-1908) an archaeologist, and his third wife, Maria Millington Lathbury (1856–1944). Her mother attended Oxford at age 30 and married at 36. Joan Evan's half-brother by more than forty years was the archaeologist Arthur Evans (q.v.). The girl had a lonely childhood, essentially raised by her nanny. She suffered a nervous breakdown at the death of her father in 1908 and was only restored by a family friend, Margaret Jourdain, who insisted she write a history of jewelry.
She attended St Hugh's College, Oxford, from 1914 graduating in archaeology (with honors) in 1916 under J. D. Beazley (q.v.). But a lack of sympathy with Beazley's attributions methodology led her to pursue later periods. In 1917 she took a temporary position as St Hugh's librarian which lasted until 1922. A B.Litt was awarded in 1920.
In 1921 she published her book, English Jewellery from the 5th Century BC to 1800. English art, however, was not her primary focus. Her scholarly interest was established in 1925 by the book Life in Mediaeval France. The University of London awarded her a D. Litt, in 1930. In 1931 she used her research in adornment to write Pattern: a Study of Ornament in Western Europe from 1180 to 1900, a monumental study which reframed the scholarly concept of decoration. That same year she was named honorary librarian of the Courtauld Institute, London. Oxford University bestowed a D. Litt, on her in 1932. Evans produced the second of her studies of French medieval life in 1936, Monastic Life at Cluny, 930–1157, followed in 1939 by Taste and Temperament. In rapid succession, Art in Mediaeval France (1948), English Art, 1307–1461 (1949), Cluniac Art of the Romanesque Period (1950), and Dress in Mediaeval France (1952) were published. A second history of ornament, A History of Jewellery, 1100–1870 was issued in 1953.
These were interspersed by histories of more contemporary subjects, such as her biography of Chateaubriand in 1939, on Madame de Sérilly in 1946, and Joseph Joubert, published in 1947. In 1943 she published a family memoir, Time and Chance: the Story of Arthur Evans and his Forebears. Evans bought a medieval Cluniac chapel, Chappelle des Moines de Berzé and donated it to the town of Mâcon in 1947.
In 1948 she was elected president of the Royal Archaeological Institute (through 1951). Evans greatly admired the Victorian age and indeed saw herself as an extension of it in many ways. After a biography of John Ruskin (q.v.) in 1954, she co-edited with John Howard Whitehead, Ruskin's diaries in 1956, a work demonstrating almost a personal understanding of the work of the most influential art writer of the nineteenth century in Britain. That same year her A History of the Society of Antiquaries appeared in 1956, as well as an honorary doctor of letters from Cambridge. Evans was elected the first woman president of the Society of Antiquaries in 1959 (through 1964) a position which had previously been held by both her father and half brother, and awarded the gold medal the Society in 1973. She donated her gem and jewelry collection to the Victoria and Albert Museum beginning in 1960. She was a trustee of the British Museum (1963-1967).
In 1966 she published a view of the middle ages in general, The Flowering of the Middle Ages and a biography of the family of Netherlandish scholar William Martin Conway (q.v.). In her personal life, she donated time and money to many charitable historic causes, nearly all of them anonymously. Most publicly, she helped purchase the ridge above Wotton under Edge for the National Trust. She resided there at Thousand Acres, the family home at Wotton, for the remainder of her life. Evans died at Wotton under Edge in 1977
The Society of Antiquaries of London (SAL) is a learned society "charged by its Royal Charter of 1751 with 'the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries'." Members of the Society are known as Fellows and are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FSA after their names. The first secretary for the society was William Stukeley. The Society has grown to over 2,700 Fellows.
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