My research is focused on nineteenth-century French and British sculpture and the decorative arts. My book, Sculptors and Design Reform in France, 1848 to 1895: Sculpture and the Decorative Arts (Ashgate, 2014), argues for the inclusion of the decorative in the study of sculpture. I am interested more broadly in intersections between the arts, notably between sculpture and other disciplines; and engage with questions including discourses of materials and of making; the hierarchy of the arts; reproduction and its histories; histories of display; and artistic engagements with histories of art.
I am currently completing a new monograph on sculpture in nineteenth-century Britain, with the working title A Contested Medium: Sculptural Innovation in Britain 1837-1901. This focuses on four key areas of sculptural activity and debate: the first sculptor societies and their promotion of British sculpture; the origins and development of the portrait statue; the influence of Christianity on sculpture; and a reassessment of the New Sculpture.
Current projects include a cross-disciplinary collaboration on Sculpture and the Decorative with Dr Imogen Hart (UC Berkeley). Proposals are invited for our forthcoming session at AAH 2016. The project will culminate in an edited collection.
I am also interested in the history of the decorative arts in museums and art galleries, and the ways in which these objects have been integrated within art historical discourse.