Faculty Activities: Andrew Walkling at the Huntington

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Associate Professor Andrew Walkling kicked off his year-long sabbatical by driving across the country to Los Angeles, where he will be spending four months on an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Henry E. Huntington Library/Art Gallery/Botanical Gardens working on his next book project, “Instruments of Absolutism: Restoration Court Culture and the Epideictic Mode”.  En route, he couldn’t resist stopping in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, home of London Bridge–the actual London Bridge, built between 1824 and 1831 (to replace the 12th-century structure which, by then, was famously “falling down”), and then dismantled in the 1960s, when all the exterior stonework was moved to this bizarre desert outpost.  Note that in the photograph, Walkling’s hand is not actually resting on the metal post, which was too hot to touch, as the outdoor temperature was 115 degrees.  Nevertheless, he braved the heat, and now has a lot of great detail pictures of this nineteenth-century landmark that he’s dying to show to former and future students of his “Early Modern London” class.

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