In 2015, he published an authoritative reference containing biographical information on 2,578 English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish painters. The Excel spreadsheet database, “Early Modern British Painters, c. 1500–1640,” lives on Spectrum, the open access research repository run by Concordia’s libraries. It has gone through two subsequent editions — most recently in February, 2017 — and now includes well over 2600 entries.
Tittler has also made significant contributions to the study of early modern British art and architecture, working some of the time in collaboration with the U.K. National Portrait Gallery.
“This is a signal honour which reflects well on the Department of History as well as on Concordia,” says Norman Ingram, professor of history.
“Since retirement, Bob has published two books and 21 scholarly articles and essays, as well as bringing out a third edition of an earlier book. This is in addition to the eight books he had written before retiring from Concordia.”
Ingram points out that Tittler has a third new post-retirement book about to go to press, and that he was presented with a Festschrift — a volume of writings published in honour of a scholar — in 2007.
“This means a lot to me,” says Tittler. “It is very gratifying to know that those distinguished historians who nominated and spoke for me, and the Royal Society of Canada itself, have acknowledged the importance of my field of British History, and my contributions to that field, at a time when it is often overlooked.
“I am particularly honoured to have been nominated by Daniel Woolf, professor of history, principal and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University and to have had the support of other eminent scholars from Yale, Cambridge, Toronto, and Dalhousie universities.”
Total immersion in circus culture
How are Canadian circuses — and more specifically, Quebec circus productions — re-inventing theatrical spectacles and big-top performances as we know them?
By immersing himself in circus dramaturgy and culture, and contributing to the development of a new field of study in North America along the way, Leroux has earned a top national honour — membership in the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.