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Contribution by Christopher Highley, Ohio State University
We are holding a colloquium to mark the completion of the print edition and the release of the online edition on Friday 30 May 2014, in the Special Collections department at the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds. Admission and refreshments are free, but for the sake of catering please email [email protected] if you wish to attend.
Regular readers of this blog will have noticed that there have been no new updates for several months. This is because of technical work on the electronic edition, and the blog’s migration to a new URL. Now, though, the online Jonson is finally launched and we can welcome new and returning users to the site. We hope you will find this a rich and powerful resource, and that it will add exciting new dimensions to Jonson as he appears in the print edition.
The Banqueting House, Whitehall, currently has an exhibition called 'Performing for the King: The Making of a Court Masque' , which runs from 19 July to 1 September 2013. The masque highlighted at the centre of the show is Aurelian Townshend Tempe Restored, but Jonson also makes an appearance. More information can be found atÂ http://www.hrp.org.uk/BanquetingHouse/stories/palacehighlights/PerformingfortheKing/default.aspx
A related exhibition on court fashion, with some nice sidelights on masque costume, is also running at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, to 6 October 2013:
There's an interesting piece in the Guardian by Charles Nicholl, examining John Aubrey's reference to the 'studying chair' in which Jonson liked to work. He shows that Aubrey probably saw it at Robert Wilson's 'tippling-house' in the Strand, named the Ben Jonson's Head, and that it was a 'lipwork' chair, constructed from coils of wheat-straw. For a picture of such a chair, and other fascinating details, see <http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2013/jul/04/trail-ben-jonson-writing-chair>.