Wednesday, 21 March


10.15 Opening remarks: Philip Mansel, Tobias Capwell, Donna Landry

10.30-12.00 Horses and the Projection of Courtly Power

Chair, Philip Mansel

1. Tobias Capwell, Wallace Collection, ‘The Armour of Peace: Equestrian Harness and Accoutrements for Renaissance Courtly Spectacles in the Wallace Collection’

2. Francisco LaRubia-Prado, Georgetown University, ‘Literal and Literary Power: Horses, Gift-Giving Diplomacy and Restoring the Balance of Power in The Song of the Cid (c. 1207)’

3. Peter Edwards, University of Roehampton (Emeritus), ‘Equine Imagery and the Field of the Cloth of Gold: 7-24 June 1520’

4. Marie-Louise von Plessen, European Cultural Parliament, ‘Dancing with Horses: Equestrian Ballet and Carrousels at European Courts’

12.00-1.30 Horses: Approaches, Representations, Identities

Chair, Donna Landry 

5. Pia F. Cuneo, University of Arizona, ‘The Reformation of Riding: Protestant Identity and Horsemanship at North German Courts’

6. Sarah R. Cohen, State University of New York at Albany, ‘Noble Spirit in the Garden: The Gray Horse in the Paradise Landscapes of Jan Brueghel the Elder and his Contemporaries’

7. Sally Mitchell, Museum of the Horse, Tuxford, ‘The Perception of Power and the Influence of the Bit’

8. Kasper Lynge Tipsmark, Aarhus University, ‘A Gilded Coronation Trophy: Memory and Materialized Masculinity at the Court of Christian IV of Denmark (1588-1648)’ 

Lunch 1.30-2.00

2.00-3.45 Royal Stables and Governance on Display

Chair, Tobias Capwell

9. Simon Adams, formerly Strathclyde University, ‘Providing for a Queen: The Earl of Leicester and the Elizabethan Stables’

10. Philip Mansel, Society for Court Studies, ‘Louis XIV and the Politics of the French Royal Stables’ 

11. Tülay Artan, Sabancı University, ‘Late 17th- and early 18th-century Ottoman dignitaries and their account books: Where do the trappings of office end, and horse collecting and connoisseurship begin?’ 

12. José Eloy Hortal Muñoz, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, ‘Public Appearances of Hispanic Monarchs in Early Modern Times: The Role of the Royal Stables’

Tea 3.45-4.00

4.00-4.30 The Mews as a Royal British Institution

Chair, Tessa Murdoch, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

13. Sally Goodsir, Royal Collection Trust, London, ’The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace’

4.30 Departure from Wallace Collection for 5.00 Arrival (by London Underground Victoria Line from Oxford Circus to Victoria or by Taxi) to The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0QH, for a specially curated visit and Pol Roger reception, 5.00-7.00

Image: Anthony van Dyck, Charles I on horseback with his riding master, M. de St Antoine (1633) (copyright Royal Collection Trust, HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2017).

Thursday, 22 March

10.15-11.15 Of Carriages, Queens and Kings

Chair, Elizabeth Jamieson, The Attingham Trust

14. Julian Munby, Oxford Archaeology, 'Men in the Saddle and Women on Wheels: The Transport Revolution in the Tudor and Stuart Courts'

15. Alexandra Lotz, International Heritage Centre, University of Brandenburg, and horses- and-heritage,net, ‘Noble coach horses for the court: The Habsburg imperial stud at Kladrub on the Elbe and the “Oldkladruby” horse’

11.15-12.15 Breeds, Philosophies, Early Modern Legacies

Chair, Tobias Capwell

16. Diana Krischke, LOEWE-Network for Human-Animal-Studies, University of Kassel, and Fürstliche Hofreitschule, Bückeburg, Schaumburg-Lippe, ‘Horse Breeding: From Wild Ancestors to Multi-Purpose Tool and Luxury Object?’

12.15-12.45 Lunch

12.45-2.15 Equestrian Philosophies and Spaces of Display

Chair, Peter Edwards

17. Tessa Murdoch, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, ‘Foubert’s Riding Academy in London and Paris, 1668-1768’

18. Catherine Girard, University of Eastern Washington, ‘From Experience to Representation: Horses in Depictions of Eighteenth-Century French Hunting’

19. Monica Mattfeld, University of Northern British Columbia, ‘Changing the Reins of Power: From Cavendish’s Centaur to Eighteenth-Century Riding Houses and Horses’

20. Stefano Saracino, University of Vienna, ‘Horses and Political Theory in Seventeenth-Century England: The Case of William (1592-1676) and Margaret (1623-1673) Cavendish’

2.15-3.45 Equestrian Connoisseurship, Equine Care and Display 

Chair, Pia Cuneo

21. Jasmine Dum-Tragut, Center for the Studies of the Christian East, University of Salzburg; University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, ‘“This medical book for horses was written on behalf of my king . . .”: Armenian manuscripts and their royal commissioners’

22. Sarah G. Duncan, Independent scholar, ‘The Care of the Court Horse in Renaissance Italy’

23. Kathryn Renton, University of California at Los Angeles, ‘Supplying Horses for the Spanish Habsburg Court: A Question of Breeds and Breeding’

24. Jonas Nordin, Kungliga biblioteket/The National Library of Sweden, ‘Horses for Carrousels and War at the Carolean Court in Sweden (c. 1660-1718)’

Tea 3.45-4.00

4.00-4.50 Horse-Dealing and Breeding, Imperial and National Identities   

Chair, Sarah Cohen

25. Ashley L. Cohen, Georgetown University, ‘Horses and Courts in Late Mughal India: Julius Soubise and the Nawab of Awadh’

26. Donna Landry, University of Kent, ‘Breeds, Dynasties, Nations: Austrian Lipizzaners (1580--), English Thoroughbreds (1686--), and Edwin Henry Landseer’s The Arab Tent (c.1865-66)’

5.00 Departure (by London Underground Jubilee Line from Bond Street to Westminster or by Taxi) for tour, lecture and reception at Household Cavalry Museum, Horse Guards Parade, London SW1A, 6.00-8.00

Chair, Philip Mansel

27. Barney White-Spunner, Military Historian, ‘Household Cavalry: Policing the Streets of London’

Image: Shaffron in the Form of a Dragon Mask, North Italian, c. 1560

A354 @The Wallace Collection, London.

Friday, 23 March

10.00-12.00 Plan to arrive by 9.50 for tour of The Household Cavalry Hyde Park Barracks, 20A Knightsbridge, SW7 1SE (Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge or Number 10 Bus – Knightsbridge bus stop is directly opposite the Barracks) 

Return to Wallace Collection for Lunch 12.00-12.30

12.30-2.15 Female Equestrianism: The Politics of Riding Astride or Riding Side-Saddle 

Chair, Aurore Bayle-Loudet, Musée du Cheval, Domaine de Chantilly

28. Valerio Zanetti, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, ‘Courtly Amazons of the Grand Siècle: Tracing the Roots of Female Equestrian Culture in Early Modern Europe’

29. Ulrike Weiss, University of St Andrews, ‘Aside or Astride: The Debate around the Female Seat, c.1770-1820’

30. Sara Ayres, Queen Margarethe II Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, working on the project ‘Transcultural Portraits’ at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in partnership with Fredricksborg Castle in Denmark, ‘Caroline Mathilde on Horseback: An Enlightened Equestrian?’

31. Erica Munkwitz, American University, ‘Angels and Amazons: Riding Aside vs. Astride, 1880-1952’

2.15-3.30 Horses and Power in Global Perspective

Chair, Gwyneth Talley, University of California at Los Angeles

32. Lelia Packer, Wallace Collection, ‘Horses at the Wallace Collection: Paintings by Diego Velázquez and Philips Wouwerman’

33. Philip Dine, National University of Ireland Galway, ‘Horse Racing in “French” Algeria: Projecting Power through Sport’

34. Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University, ‘The Horse Rampant – Equine Power and the Making of African Aristocracy’

3.30-3.45 Tea

3.45-5.00 Royalty and Racing in Britain

Chair, Celestria Noel

35. Richard Nash, Indiana University, ‘The Sport of Kingmakers and the Protestant Succession, or, How Horse Racing Healed the Nation between the Exclusion Crisis and the End of the First Jacobite Rebellion’

36. Oliver Cox, Heritage Engagement Fellow, TORCH, Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, ‘“Newmarket, that infamous seminary of iniquity and ill manners”: Horse Racing, Monarchy and Empire’

37. Sean Magee, Racing Journalist and Historian, ‘Ascot and Royalty, from Queen Anne to Queen Elizabeth II, 1711-2017’ 

38. Jane Ridley, University of Buckingham, ‘Elizabeth II, Queen and Horsewoman: The Role of the Horse in the Current Reign’

Reception at Wallace Collection, 5.30-8. 

Image: Studio of Diego Velásquez, Prince Baltasar Carlos in the riding school (c.1640-c.1645), @The Wallace Collection, London.