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Displaying Victorian Sculpture

This AHRC-funded research project is a collaboration among the University of York, the University of Warwick, and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA). At its heart is a major international exhibition of Victorian sculpture which will open at the YCBA in 2013. The project seeks to return sculpture to centre stage in discussions of 19th-century British culture, and to re-assert the importance of sculpture to Victorian history. Encompassing a range of objects from cameo brooches through Parianware statuettes to the fountains at Osborne House, Displaying Victorian Sculpture will reveal the social life of sculpture in 19th-century Britain; a social life both physical, in its weighty presence in public and private spaces around the world; and conceptual, in its role as aesthetic and moral exemplar, and as political art par excellence.