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Hunting and the Country House, Interdisciplinary Online Research Seminar

Convener: Daniel Menning (University of Tübingen)

Ludolph de Jongh: Hunting party in the Courtyard of a Country House, ca. 1665-1670.

Hunting is an activity intimately connected to life in country houses across Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is also closely related to noble lifestyles over the centuries. Yet, the continuous existence of this activity might easily lead us to overlook the many meanings, changes and transformations that occurred as well as the different people that participated in hunting or whose livelihoods were implicated by it.

The research seminar will shed new light on hunting and the country house from four different angles: Marcus Koehler (Dresden) studies hunting lodges from an architectural perspective and in the very long run. Abigail Green (Oxford) and Tom Stammers (Durham) take a close look at Jewish country house owners and their hunting habits. Amy Freund (Dallas), is an art historian, focusing on hunting in paintings. Finally, Daniel Menning (Tübingen) investigates economic logics at play when it came to killing animals.

Ferdinand Runk: Hunting scene at Hluboká Castle, 1865.


19 October, 15-16.30 CEST

Daniel Menning: Hunting – Noble Passion, Social Conflict, and Economics in the Eighteenth Century

2 November, 15-16.30 CEST

Amy Freund: Gone Away – Hunting Landscape Painting and Political Contestation in Eighteenth-Century France

16 November, 15-16.30 CEST

Abigail Green/Tom Stammers: Hunting with Hounds: a Jewish Pastime

30 November, 15-16.30 CEST

                                                                                                                       Marcus Koehler: Hunting Lodges

                                                                                                                        14 December, 15-16.30 CEST

                                                                                                                       Åsa Ahrland: Hawks and falconry in portraiture in

                                                                                                                       Northern Europe against a broader

                                                                                                                       European background c. 1500-1800

Unknown: Meet of foxhounds at Hardwick House, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1900.


The research seminar is open to anyone interested in the topic. To participate, please send an email to, including your professional affiliation.

A zoom link will be provided in advance of each seminar session to registered participants.