Sarah Burnage

Visiting Tutor

BA, MA, PhD (York)

After completing a PhD in History of Art at The University of York in 2008, which explored the work of eighteenth-century sculptor John Bacon R.A., Sarah was awarded a Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Between 2009 & 2011 she was the lead Research Curator at York Art Gallery for the William Etty: Art and Controversy exhibition, a position funding by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. In 2013-2014 Sarah worked for the National Trust at Nostell Priory as Project Officer for their Red Poppies and White Butterflies commemorative World War One project which uncovered the House's forgotten WW1 history and the secured a national award for ‘Community Involvement’ for its outreach work.

Since 2015 Sarah has been the Assistant Curator at Fairfax House in York and has worked on wide of range of exhibitions which explore urban life in the eighteenth century including: Consuming Passions: Luxury Shopping in Georgian Britain (2015), A Century of Shoes: The Rise and Fall of the Georgian Heel (2016), In Pursuit of Pleasure: The Polite and Impolite World of Georgian Entertainment (2016), Made in York: Inventing and Enlightening the Georgian City (2017), and The Genius of Grinling Gibbons: From Journeyman to King’s Carver (2018).    

Sarah primarily works on British art, sculpture and culture in the long eighteenth century and has a passion for broadening participation and engaging diverse audiences with the past. 

Her publications include:  

  • Sarah Burnage, Mark Hallett and Laura Turner eds., William Etty: Art and Controversy (Phillip Wilson Publishers, 2011)
  • Sarah Burnage and Jason Edwards eds., The British School of Sculpture (c1760-1832)  (Ashgate 2014)
  • Sarah Burnage, Made in York: Inventing and Enlightening the Georgian City (York, 2014)
  • ‘William Etty, ‘Candaules King of Lydia, Shews his Wife by Stealth to Gyges, One of his Ministers’, ‘Microtate’, Tate Etc, (Issue 22, Summer 2011), p.110. 
  • ‘‘A mere massy monument’: The contested monument to John Howard (1786-1796) in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London’, Church Monuments, vol. xxv, (Spring 2011), pp.148-162. 
  • ‘Commemorating Cornwallis: Sculpture in India 1792-1813’, Visual Culture in Britain, Vol.11, no.2. (July 2010), pp.173-194.


Contact details

Dr Sarah Burnage
Visiting Tutor
History of Art