Hugh Lane in South Africa

A second essay on Hugh Lane (1875-1915), about the art dealer’s work in South Africa, appears in Transculturation in Britain Art, 1770-1930, edited by Julie Codell.

Transculturation in British Art, 1770-1930 (British Art: Global Contexts)

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“The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London” out now

The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London, edited by Anne Helmreich and Pamela Fletcher, is out now in hardback and paperback.  It features my essay “Decorative politics and direct pictures: Hugh Lane and the global art market, 1900–15.”


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The Walter Crane Archive at the Whitworth Art Gallery

“Art and Labour’s Cause is One:” Walter Crane in Manchester.

In 2008, I curated an exhibition at the Walter Crane Archive at the Whitworth Art Gallery, part of the University of Manchester.  The catalogue is available through Blackwell’s online bookstore.

Recently, I found some installation photographs:

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The Edwardian Sense in the TLS

A review of The Edwardian Sense appeared in a recent issue of the Times Literary Supplement.  Here is the link:

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The Edwardian Sense

The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design, and Performance in Britain, 1901-1910, edited by Morna O’Neill and Michael Hatt, is now available from Yale University Press.  A review of the book is available here:

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Walter Crane: The Arts and Crafts, Painting, and Politics, 1875-1890

Walter Crane (1845-1915) was one of the most important, versatile and radical artists of the nineteenth century: a painter, decorator, designer, book illustrator, poet, author, teacher, art theorist, and socialist. Crane’s astonishingly diverse body of work challenged the establishment, artistically and politically. In this original and carefully researched new study, Morna O’Neill presents a fascinating portrait of an artist who used his talent and energy to dismantle the traditional boundaries between fine art and decorative art, between elite and popular, between art and propaganda. Crane’s enduring influence is felt on many levels, and significant new research in this book uncovers the magnificent breadth of his artistic practice. The finest book illustrator of the Victorian era, he revolutionized that field. Inspired by John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, he was central to the development of Aestheticism in England and, later, Symbolism in Europe. A friend and associate of William Morris, his work embodied Arts and Crafts ideals. A lifelong political radical, he invented the iconography of English socialism. Crane’s compelling and fascinating work asserts the central role of the artist in society. By creating new environments and imagining a future world, Crane promoted design as a powerful force for social change. By reconsidering his politics and reintegrating it with his art, Crane emerges in this book as a unique figure, an artist who translated ‘art for art’s sake’ into ‘art for all’.

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Welcome to my research!

I am an art historian and specialist in nineteenth-century European art and design, currently teaching at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  This page will contain links to recent publications, conferences, and information about ongoing research projects.

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