Tabea Braun, Mag. Art., M.A.


Universitätsstr. 105
44780 Bochum
Room: UNI 105, 3/25

Phone: +49 (0) 234/32-27041

Title of the Dissertation

Charles Gores Travel Albums, 1771-1807: Documenting Landscapes at the Intersection of Art and Knowledge Production around 1800 (Working title)

Project Description

My PhD project explores configurations and developments of pictorial documentation in the late 18th and early 19th century with a focus on landscape drawing. In the period directly preceding the invention of photography, the graphic recording of landscape unfolds an innovative dynamic in areas as different as navigation, the military, earth science, and tourism. This study addresses the collaborative effect of these fields on concrete pictorial forms of landscape documentation arising from their different social and cultural aims. Furthermore, the study intends to identify epistemological dispositifs and discourses in the culture of knowledge during the “saddle period”, which provide the backdrop for medial and formal aesthetic developments in visual recording: like, for instance, the emergence of the panorama, the technical advance of the camera obscura, and the rise of the prospect as souvenir and as scientific object. Pictorial recording will thereby be analysed as a cultural practice at the intersection of art and knowledge production.

To approach these issues, the project draws on a graphic oeuvre that is exceptional for its state of preservation and is, in many respects, paradigmatic. The drawing albums of Charles Gore (Horkstow, Lincolnshire, 1729 – Weimar, 1807), which contain mainly tinted drawings recording Gore’s travels throughout Europe, constitute a comprehensive oeuvre in both diachronic and interdisciplinary terms. The analyses will pursue and include as well the network of actors and works arising from the making and the utilization of the albums.

A central aspiration of the project is to strengthen, both terminologically and historically, the grasp of documentary practices in the study of visual culture.

Scholarly Career

  • Since 10/2016: Doctoral Student Member of the DFG Graduate Research Group on “Documentary Practices: Excess and Privation”, Ruhr University Bochum
  • 10/2015 to 04/2016: Graduate award from the Klassik Stiftung Weimar
  • 10/2011 to 04/2014: Master studies in Art History at the Philipps-University Marburg
  • 10/2005 to 09/2011: Magister Artium in Sociology, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Leipzig
  • 04/2009 to 07/2011: Student assistant to Monika Eigmüller in the junior research project “Europe as Social Space” at the Department of Sociology of the University of Leipzig


  • ‘Drawn after Nature’. Drawn Eyewitness Testimonials in the Context of Research Expeditions in the 19th Century’ (Conference ”On the Spot at the Time’. Eyewitnessing and Authenticity in the Visual Arts, c. 1800 to 2000′, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, 28-30 Sep 2017)
  • ‘Collecting landscapes. Charles Goreʼs travel albums, 1771-1807’ (Göttingen Spirit Summer School: ‘The material culture of exploration and academic travel, 1700-1900’, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Historic Observatory, University of Göttingen, Germany, 24-29 Jul 2017)