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Recorded legacies of everyday life…

On nineteenth-century illness diaries and personal painters’ sketchbooks

Author(s): Elżbieta Wichrowska
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, 19th Century
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: private sketchbooks; illness diary; privacy turn
Summary/Abstract: The book addresses the issue of place and role in culture and 19th century everyday life of two forms: the illness diary and the painter’s sketchbook as testimonies of a phenomenon referred to as the privacy turn. Its participants included not only professional artists but also by amateurs of different status, regardless of gender and age. The book, based on hitherto unknown archive sources, shows the significance of that movement and describes some such sources (Wanda Czartoryska’s illness diary, the sketchbooks of the Branicki family, which include unknown sketches of very young Wojciech Kossak), pointing to the diversity of their forms and the transformations they underwent.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-235-6107-1
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-235-6099-9
  • Page Count: 496
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Language: Polish