I’m thrilled to have been awarded a Yale Center for British Art Visiting Scholar Award to conduct research for one of my postdoctoral research projects, Crafting the Self: Assemblage & Identity, 1770-1900. The broader project will provide an unprecedented history of ‘assemblage’ produced in Britain, North America, and British India between 1770 and 1900. Employing an inclusive definition of the term, the project will examine a variety of material and literary forms of assemblage, including paper collage, shellwork, scrapbooking, and photocollage, and will explore how their production reflected the intimacies, interests, and identities of their makers (I’ll write a much fuller post on the project shortly).
The Yale Center for British Art Visiting Scholar Award will facilitate research for several aspects of the project, including an examination of the albums collected and produced by the family of Mary Leighton (MSS16), and the large collection of botanical collages produced by Booth Grey c.1790 (MSS Booth Grey). I will visit the Center in the Spring of 2017.