‘Life was a spectacle for her’: Lady Dorothy Nevill as art collector, political hostess, and cultural philanthropist

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Lady Dorothy Nevill gained acclaim as a botanist, a political hostess, one of the founding members of the Conservative Primrose League, an art collector, and a supporter of writers, scholars, and artists, many of whom she patronized. Nevertheless, she has been largely overlooked in the history of collecting and her role in Victorian philanthropy has received no attention. This is perhaps further encouraged by the fact that up until the 1860s her husband Reginald Nevill was credited with her art collection, and due to posthumous auctions her collection is now completely dispersed. This article seeks to award Lady Dorothy her rightful place in the history of collecting and situates her within a wider context of women’s engagement with art collecting and cultural philanthropy during this time. It examines the different ways in which she acted in the ‘enlarged public sphere’ of the Victorian art world, uncovering her agency as an art collector, exhibition lender, and museum benefactress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
Journal19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • women collectors
  • history of collecting
  • women
  • Lady Dorothy Nevill
  • ceramics
  • ceramics collector
  • ironwork
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • exhibition history
  • museum history
  • philanthropy

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