Past Events

The Decorative Art of Display: The Case of Hugh Lane

Lecture – Morna O'Neill

  • 28 May 2014
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Seminar Room, Paul Mellon Centre
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William Orpen, Homage to Manet, 1909, oil on canvas, 162.9 × 130 cm. Collection Manchester Art Gallery (1910.9).

Digital image courtesy of Manchester City Galleries / Bridgeman Images.

This talk will explore the intertwined discourses of fine and decorative art in the Edwardian era through an examination of career of Hugh Lane. A successful dealer of Old Master pictures and collector of modern art based in London, Lane invented the role of freelance curator, and his exhibition projects suggest the ways in which decorative art is able to be to both public and private in the same moment, a product of individual will and collective action.

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About the speaker

  • Morna O'Neill headshot in front of a grey background

    Morna O'Neill is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at Wake Forest University. She is the author of Walter Crane: The Arts and Crafts, Painting, and Politics (Yale University Press, 2011) and Hugh Lane: The Art Market and the Art Museum, 1893–1915 (Yale University Press, 2018). Her current research addresses the conjunction of artistic and industrial materials and methods in the decades before the Great Exhibition of 1851. This proposed talk draws upon research for this project, as she positions Constable, Lucas and their fraught collaboration on English Landscape in relationship to the use of steel plates and contemporary debates about the industrialisation of printmaking.