Getty Research Institute Grant and Walpole Library Fellowship


Woodcut from Physiognomische Fragmente zur Beförderung der Menschenkenntnis und Menschenliebe (1775-1778)

Doctoral candidate Kathryn Desplanque was a Getty Research Institute Library Research Grant recipient and spent two weeks exploring their collections, in particular a series of boxes entitled "Caricatures of Salons and Artists." She also took advantage of their very complete collection of secondary art historical scholarship, and their print run of Lavater's multi-volume work on physiognomy, where she compared their German, English, and French eighteenth-century translations to examine how Lavater's discussion of Hogarth's caricatural figures were treated in each translation.

She is currently a Library Fellowship recipient at the Lewis Walpole Library and will be in residence for the month of March. The Lewis Walpole Library provides accommodations at the Timothy Root house, a few steps away from the LWL's reading room, and their residents have full access to Yale University library. She is investigating the English equivalent to satirical images of the artistic milieu, and to deepen her understanding of late eighteenth-century satirical image publishing in London. While in residence, she will also be taking advantage of the prints and rare books housed at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.