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Call for contributors: Mapping Georgian Fame

James Gillray - The Jersey Smuggler Detected

The Oxford Celebrity Research Network are looking for C18th-C19th postgrads and Early Career Researchers to contribute their expertise to an interactive website, linked to the Ashmolean’s upcoming exhibition

LOVE BITES: CARICATURES OF JAMES GILLRAY

What you get out of it: An exciting (and unusually labour-efficient!) opportunity to take part in an interdisciplinary digital project and collaborate with the Ashmolean; and a great example of public engagement for your CV. Your work will be credited on the website.

What you do: Pick one (or more) of the figures listed below, or suggest an alternative figure frequently depicted by Gillray. Email spotlightoncelebrity@gmail.com to express interest. Once you have been assigned a historical figure, we’ll ask you to write no more than 500 words, introducing the person, explaining what they were famous for, and – if possible – suggesting some of their usual characteristics in Gillray caricatures. Jokes and anecdotes are welcome, but not compulsory; we want fun, accessible, but well-informed and accurate texts, aimed at the general museum-going public. The deadline for these will be in early February.

Update: We’re still looking for people to write profiles of these figures:

Napoleon Bonaparte
Empress Josephine
Henry Dundas
John Nicolls
Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby
King William IV
Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
Frederica Charlotte, Duchess of York and Albany
William V, Prince of Orange
George Villiers, 4th Earl of Jersey
Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey
Maria Fitzherbert
Albinia Hobart, Countess of Buckinghamshire
Lady Cecilia Johnston
Elizabeth Armistead
‘John Bull’