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Genteel Mavericks

Professional Women Sculptors in Victorian Britain

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Shannon Hunter Hurtado

Sculpture was no occupation for a lady in Victorian Britain. Yet between 1837 and 1901 the number of professional female sculptors increased sixteen-fold. The four principal women sculptors of that era are the focus of this book. Once known for successful careers marked by commissions from the royal family, public bodies and private individuals, they are forgotten now. This book brings them back to light, addressing who they were, how they negotiated middle-class expectations and what kind of impact they had on changing gender roles.
Based on their unpublished letters, papers and diaries coupled with contemporary portrayals of female sculptors by novelists, critics, essayists and colleagues, this is an unprecedented picture of the women sculptors’ personal experience of preparing for and conducting careers as well as the public’s perception of them. The author examines each woman’s ability to use her position within the historical and cultural context as a platform from which to instigate change. The analytical emphasis throughout is on the art of negotiation and the result is an interdisciplinary work that delves deeply into the experience of an undervalued cohort of artists who had a disproportionate influence on Victorian social norms.

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Albert, Prince Consort of Britain 54, 80, 116 memorials to 78, 79, 143, 148, 150, 234 Albert Institute 57, 201, 210, 284 Alcof f, Linda 8, 288 Alcott, Louisa May 257, 265, 275, 278, 285 Anderson, Elizabeth Garrett 171, 175, 178 Art Journal 247, 274, 276 Athenaeum 1, 59, 75, 117, 118, 209, 215, 217, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 227, 228, 229, 276, 281 Atkinson, Joseph Beavington 220, 230 Baker, Malcolm 5 Barrington, Emilie Isabel (Mrs Rus- sell) 185, 232, 277 Barry, Kitty 107, 108 Beattie, Susan 4, 282 Begg, Isabella 154 Bellhaven, Lord and Lady 135 Bernhardt, Sarah 247 n.16, 263, 264 n.75, 266 Biddulph, Sir Thomas 85, 86 Blackie, Elizabeth 63 Blackie, Professor J. S. 63, 64, 153, 192, 196, 227 Blackwell, Elizabeth 24 n.27, 50, 107, 156, 177, 183 Blackwell, Mrs 176 Bodichon, Barbara Leigh Smith 15, 24 n.27, 177, 183, 217 Borzello, Frances 288 Bowring, John 24, 25 Brewster, David 65–66, 90, 137, 153, 195, 196, 226, 288 British Institution 54, 58, 88, 120, 122 Brühl, Countess 132 n.63, 176 n.35, 177 n.37 Buchan, Dowager Countess of 168 Buick, Kirsten Pai 4 Burlington Fine Arts Club 157 Candlish, Dr R. S. 63, 64 n.133, 137 Canton, Susan Ruth 268–269, 278, 282 Carlyle, Thomas 63, 77, 90, 153, 193, 224 Carnegie, Andrew 48, 134, 137 carving instruction 27, 28 skills 5, 37, 73, 76, 77, 96, 109, 250, 258, 276 tools 78 Cayley, Edward 164–167 Cherry, Deborah 3, 88, 111, 149 Cobbe,...

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