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
Group of men sat at table in front of large painting of woman

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.

To book your place please contact the Centre's Co-ordinator Ella Fleming on: efleming@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk

About the speaker

  • Head and shoulders photo of Morna O'Neill

    Morna O'Neill is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at Wake Forest University. Prior to her arrival at Wake Forest, she taught in the History of Art Department at Vanderbilt University and served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Research at the Yale Center for British Art. Her teaching and research address the conjunction of art, design and politics in Britain from the nineteenth century. She is the author of Walter Crane: The Arts and Crafts, Painting, and Politics (Yale University Press, 2011), which won the Historians of British Art Book Prize for Best Book before 1900, and Hugh Lane: The Art Market and the Art Museum, 1893–1915, published in 2018 by Yale. She is the co-editor, with Michael Hatt (University of Warwick), of The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design, and Performance in Britain, 1901–1910 (Yale University Press, 2010) and the editor of Vesna Pavlović’s Lost Art: Photography, Display, and the Archive (Hanes Art Gallery, 2017) which won the SECAC award in 2018 for the best presentation of contemporary materials. She is co-founder and co-editor (with Anne Nellis Richter and Melinda McCurdy) of ‘Home Subjects,’ a digital humanities working group dedicated to the display of art in the private interior in Britain.