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Sketching themselves : national self-portraits in the Low Countries around 1840

Leonoor Kuijk (UGent)
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Soon after the appearance of the English collection Heads of the People (1838) and the French series Les Français peints par eux-mêmes (1839) – anthologies of sketches depicting national types – similar volumes were produced in Belgium and the Netherlands. The genre, however, developed in different ways in the two countries. The series Les Belges peints par eux-mêmes (1839) focuses predominantly on types and characteristics that would easily be recognized by all Belgians. In contrast, the two Dutch series – De Nederlanden. Karakterschetsen, kleederdragten, houding en voorkomen van verschillende standen (beginning in 1840) and Nederlanders door Nederlanders geschetst (beginning in 1841) – introduce descriptions of many regional characters and underscore the diversity of the country and its dialects. This study describes how the editors and writers of the panoramic series in the Low Countries deployed different tools and types to make their publications ‘national’ and argues that the difference can be accounted for by a number of political and historical factors. The study also considers the relation of the Belgian and Dutch series to their British and French models.
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national identity, collections, sketches

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Kuijk, Leonoor. 2017. “Sketching Themselves : National Self-portraits in the Low Countries Around 1840.” Dutch Crossing-journal of Low Countries Studies 41 (2): 160–179.
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Kuijk, Leonoor. (2017). Sketching themselves : national self-portraits in the Low Countries around 1840. DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES, 41(2), 160–179.
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Kuijk L. Sketching themselves : national self-portraits in the Low Countries around 1840. DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES. 2017;41(2):160–79.
MLA
Kuijk, Leonoor. “Sketching Themselves : National Self-portraits in the Low Countries Around 1840.” DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES 41.2 (2017): 160–179. Print.
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  abstract     = {Soon after the appearance of the English collection Heads of the People (1838) and the French series Les Fran\c{c}ais peints par eux-m{\^e}mes (1839) -- anthologies of sketches depicting national types -- similar volumes were produced in Belgium and the Netherlands. The genre, however, developed in different
ways in the two countries. The series Les Belges peints par eux-m{\^e}mes (1839) focuses predominantly on types and characteristics that would easily be recognized by all Belgians. In contrast, the two Dutch series -- De Nederlanden.
Karakterschetsen, kleederdragten, houding en voorkomen van verschillende standen (beginning in 1840) and Nederlanders door Nederlanders geschetst (beginning in 1841) -- introduce descriptions of many regional characters and underscore the diversity of the country and its dialects. This study describes how the editors and writers of the panoramic series in the Low Countries deployed different tools and types to make their publications {\textquoteleft}national{\textquoteright} and argues that the difference can be accounted for by a number of political and historical factors. The study also considers the relation of the Belgian and Dutch series to their British and French models.},
  author       = {Kuijk, Leonoor},
  issn         = {0309-6564},
  journal      = {DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES},
  keyword      = {national identity,collections,sketches},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {160--179},
  title        = {Sketching themselves : national self-portraits in the Low Countries around 1840},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03096564.2016.1235355},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2017},
}

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