Stewards of the Nation's Art: Contested Cultural Authority 1890-1939 / Edition 1

Stewards of the Nation's Art: Contested Cultural Authority 1890-1939 / Edition 1

by Andrea Geddes Poole
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802099602

ISBN-13: 9780802099600

Pub. Date: 02/13/2010

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Between 1890 and 1939, the groups of men involved in running Britain's four main public art galleries - the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, the Wallace Collection, and the National Portrait Gallery - were embroiled in continuous power struggles. Stewards of the Nation's Art examines the internal tensions between the galleries' administrative directors,

Overview

Between 1890 and 1939, the groups of men involved in running Britain's four main public art galleries - the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, the Wallace Collection, and the National Portrait Gallery - were embroiled in continuous power struggles. Stewards of the Nation's Art examines the internal tensions between the galleries' administrative directors, the aristocrats dominating the boards of trustees, and those in the Treasury who controlled the funds as well as board appointments.

Andrea Geddes Poole uses meticulous primary research from all four of these institutions to discuss changing ideas about class, education, and work during this period. The conflicts between aristocratic trustees and administrative directors were not only about the running of the galleries, but also reflected the era's strain between aristocratic amateurs and nouveau riche professionals. Stewards of the Nation's Art is an absorbing study that explores the extent to which the aristocracy was able to hold on to cultural power in an increasingly professional and meritocratic age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802099600
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
02/13/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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