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

Lelia Packer, Wallace Collection, ‘Horses at the Wallace Collection: Paintings by Diego Velázquez and Philips Wouwermans'

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)’ 

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

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

12.00-1.30 Horses: Approaches, Representations, Identities Chair, Donna Landry  

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

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’   

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

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

Lunch 1.30-2.00     

2.00-3.30 Horses and Philosophies of Governance on Display   

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

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

Stefano Saracino, University of Vienna, ‘Horses and Political Theory in 17th-c. England: The Case of William (1592-1676) and Margaret (1623-1673) Cavendish’   

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

Tea 3.30-4.00   

4.00-4.30 The Mews as a Royal British Institution  


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, 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

10.15-11.30 Of Carriages, Queens and Kings   Chair, Elizabeth Jamieson, The Attingham Study Programme  


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

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’   

Magdalena Bayreuther, Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, ‘Equine Anglomania: English Horse and Carriage Fashion at South-German Courts in the 18th Century’     

11.30-12.30 Breeds, Philosophies, Early Modern Legacies Chair, Toby Capwell   

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?’  

12.30-1.00 Lunch   

1.00-2.30 Equestrianism in War and Peace Chair, Peter Edwards   

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

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

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

Catherine Girard, Williams College, ‘From Experience to Representation: Horses in Depictions of Eighteenth-Century French Hunting’    

2.30-4.00 Horses, Power and the Politics of Courtly Connoisseurship Chair, Pia Cuneo 

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’ 

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?’    

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

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

Tea 4.00-4.15       

4.15-5.00 Horse-Dealing and Breeding, Imperial and National Identities    Chair, Sarah Cohen 

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

 Donna Landry, University of Kent, ‘Breeds, Dynasties, Nations: Austrian Lipizzaners (1580--) and English Thoroughbreds (1686--), the Ideal of Purity, 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   

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 Tour of The Household Cavalry Hyde Park Barracks, 20A Knightsbridge, SW7 1SE

12.00-1.00   Return to Wallace Collection for Lunch 

1.00-2.15 Female Equestrianism: The Politics of Riding Astride or Riding Side-Saddle      

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’   

Ulrike Weiss, University of St Andrews, ‘Aside or astride. The debate around the female seat, ca. 1770-1820’ 

Sarah Ayres, Queen Margarethe II Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Carlsberg Foundation, ‘Transcultural Portraits’ at the National Portrait Gallery, London, ‘Caroline Mathilde, Queen of Denmark, and Queens on Horseback in Comparative Perspective’         

2.15-3.45 Horses and Power, East and South     

William G. Clarence-Smith, SOAS, University of London, ‘Horses at Southeast Asian Courts from the Sixteenth Century’   

Monica Meadows, University of Washington and Tacoma Community College, ‘War Horses as Cultural Constructs at the Mughal Court, 1600-1850’ 

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

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

3.45-5.00 Royalty and Racing in Britain   Chair, Celestria Hales   

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’   

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’   

Sean Magee, Racing Journalist and Historian, ‘Ascot and Royalty, from Queen Anne to Queen Elizabeth II’      

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

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