Call for participants: George Scharf and the emergence of the museum professional in nineteenth-century Britain

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Call for participation in a workshop concerning the emergence of the museum professional in the nineteenth-century, Tuesday 21 April 2015, National Portrait Gallery, London:

Current research concerning the career of Sir George Scharf, the Gallery’s first Secretary and Director (1857-95), aims to establish his approach to museum practice, the nature of his professional networks and the extent to which he collaborated with figures in the museum and wider art world.  This workshop is designed to evaluate Scharf’s practice in comparison with the work of his contemporaries.  Whilst the careers of figures including Sir Henry Cole, Sir Charles Eastlake and Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, have been examined in relation to wider institutional histories and studies of the public art museum in the Victorian era, little scholarly attention has been directed towards the identity of such individuals as a discrete group of professionals or the manner in which they interacted.  Papers…

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