History seminars at the IHR

Collecting & Display

Convenors: Dr Andrea Galdy, Susan Bracken, Adriana Turpin

Venue: Room SH246, 2nd floor, South block, Senate House unless otherwise stated

Time: Monday, 6.00pm

If interested persons are not receiving emails from the conveners, they should contact collecting_display@hotmail.com.

Spring Term 2016
DateSeminar details
11 January Francis Haskell and the History of Collecting

Tom Stammers (University of Durham)

Tom Stammers is lecturer in Modern Cultural History at the University of Durham. He has researched and published widely on the history of collecting in post-revolutionary France. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled ‘Collection, Recollection, Revolution: Scavenging the Paris in Nineteenth-Century Paris’. He has been awarded fellowships at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, the Huntington Library in Pasadena and the Maison Française in Oxford; in 2015 he organized a major conference with St John’s College, Oxford and the Ashmolean Museum on collecting and cultural history entitled ‘A Revolution in Taste: Francis Haskell’s Nineteenth Century’ which will become a volume published by Oxford University Press. He is starting new research on the formation, exile and dispersal of French royal collections in Britain and Europe in the nineteenth century, as well as on the evolution of the Louvre. He is a regular contributor to the arts magazine

Apollo.Venue: Room 246, 2nd floor, South block, Senate House


15 February Howarth will speak to us on Lady Dorothy Nevill's Collection

Caroline McCaffrey (University of Leeds)

Caroline is a AHRC-funded PhD candidate and White Rose Scholar at the University of Leeds researching the 'mania' behind the collecting and display of Sèvres porcelain in 19th Century Britain. She read Art History with French at the University of St Andrews and holds a MA with Distinction in Decorative Arts from The Wallace Collection and The University of Buckingham. Caroline has worked as a Research Curator for a private collection of decorative arts and curated an exhibition on 'Tea, Art and History' in the National Museum of Kazakhstan from July-October 2015. She has just completed her first publication on the visual representation of furniture in the 19th Century for 'The Cultural History of Furniture', Bloomsbury Press forthcoming, 2017.

This paper introduces Lady Dorothy Nevill (née Walpole) (1826-1913) as a significant collector of French and English eighteenth-century decorative arts during the late nineteenth century. Until the 1860s, her husband Reginald Nevill (1807-78) received public recognition as the owner of her collection, not Lady Dorothy. In 1862 Lady Dorothy contributed an impressive collection of Sèvres porcelain to the Special Loans Exhibition held at the South Kensington Museum. This bolstered her position in the Victorian art world and from this moment onwards she participated actively in various exhibitions and events held by the Fine Arts and Burlington Clubs. Lady Dorothy is known as a botanist, horticulturist and writer, as well as a political hostess. Yet, little consideration has been given to her role as a collector; therefore this paper hopes to shed light on the importance of her collection, particularly her Sèvres porcelain, in the latter half of the nineteenth century in England.

Torrington Room 104, 1st floor, South block, Senate House