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British Sculpture, c.1757-1947: Global Contexts

Wednesday 3 March 2010, 11.30AM to 17:00

Speaker(s): Jason Edwards, Sarah Burnage, Sarah Monks, Kirsty Breedon and Sarah Turner.

In spite of the significant presence of British sculpture across the world, the evidence base for imperial, post-colonial and global history remains skewed towards the verbal, painterly and graphic; whilst sculptural historiographies of the long nineteenth century remain confined to narrowly defined national schools. With this in mind, and seeking to challenge the unhelpful, arbitrary divisions between late 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century sculpture, this symposia focuses on British sculpture in the period between, roughly, the French revolution and the First World War, in its two most significant cultural geographical contexts: India and the Circum-Atlantic World.

Jason Edwards (University of York): 'Introduction: The East India Company, West Indies and Beyond - The World of Victorian Sculpture, c.1757-1914'.

Sarah Burnage (York City Art Gallery), 'Imagining the Empire: John Bacon's Monuments to the Marquis of Cornwallis (1793-1803)'.

Sarah Monks (University of East Anglia), 'Lakshmi in London: "Indianness", Sculpture and Primitivism in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain'.

Kirsty Breedon (University of York), 'Herbert Ward: Sculpture in the Circum-Atlantic World'.

Sarah Turner (University of York), 'The "Essential quality of things": E.B. Havell, Ananda Coomaraswamy and Indian Sculpture in Britain, c. 1910-1914'.

British Sculpture, C.1757-1947. Global Contexts (PDF , 132kb)

Location: King's Manor, k/133