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Szkicownik jako dokument autobiograficzny (XVIII/XIX wiek)
The Sketchbook as an Autobiographical Document (Eighteenth/Nineteenth Century)

Author(s): Elżbieta Wichrowska
Subject(s): Cultural history, Social history, 18th Century, 19th Century
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: sketchbook; diary; journal; photography; turn to private life; turn of the nineteenth century; artefacts of memory; fine art exhibitions in Warsaw

Summary/Abstract: Wichrowska describes the breakthrough that took place in the history of the sketchbook at the turn of the nineteenth century, when the sketchbook – previously a professional prop – became an artefact of individual memory. This transformation was accompanied by a turn towards private life, a democratization in the use of sketchbooks (in terms of social spheres, gender and themes), popularization (sketchbooks became ubiquitous, also in fiction), a marked expansion in the sketchbook’s function (related to memory and resembling a personal diary), while new “autobiographical” forms emerged. Wichrowska contextualizes this turn to private life with social and cultural changes, including women’s participation and fine art exhibitions in Warsaw. She presents hitherto unknown sources, such as sketchbooks-journals (by Piotr Michałowski, Celina z Treterów Dominikowska), prison sketchbooks (by Alfred Römer), Siberian sketchbooks and comic sketchbooks (Michał Piotr Radziwiłł; Wandalin Strzałecki).

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 54-76
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish