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Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC)

Symposium ~ October 27, 2016

William Charles and His World

This symposium explores the work and times of the caricaturist and book publisher William Charles (1776-1820). It features AAS members Jack and Linda Lapides, who will discuss collecting Charles imprints; Laura Wasowicz, AAS children’s literature curator, who will speak on the picture books of William Charles; and former AAS fellows Allison Stagg and Nancy Siegel who will explore Charles’s work as a political caricaturist in both Europe and America and will introduce newly discovered work attributed to Charles.

This event is free and open to the public, but we request that you let us know if you plan to attend. Please notify Cheryl McRell at

Schedule of Speakers

  • “Robust Elegance: The Picture Books of William Charles,”
    Laura Wasowicz--Curator of Children’s Literature, American Antiquarian Society
  • “'A Foreigner and an Alien': William Charles in London and Philadelphia,”
    Allison Stagg, Terra Visiting Professor of American Art at the John F Kennedy Institute, Freie Universitat, Berlin
  • “That’s A Lot of Bull, Johnny: William Charles and the War of 1812,”
    Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History and Culinary History and Director, Museum Studies minor at Towson University
  • “Embellished with Neat Engravings,"
    Linda Lapides;
    "Chasing Down William Charles,"
    Jack Lapides, Collectors, Baltimore, MD

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