Workshop – Plaster Casts at South Kensington: Reproducing Art in the 19th Century (2011)

Victoria & Albert Museum, 20 May 2011

2011 York?V&A workshop posterAs part of the Department of History of Art’s research collaboration with the V&A, several members of the department took part in a workshop at the museum on Friday 20 May 2011.  The workshop, on 'Plaster Casts at South Kensington: Reproducing Art in the 19th Century', coincided with the reopening of the newly restored Cast Galleries at the V&A>

Speakers were:

Dr Tom Nickson (then University of York), ‘The cast of the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca’ 

Professor Jason Edwards (University of York), ‘The cast courts of the Crystal Palace in Sydenham’

Dr Greg Sullivan (Tate), ‘Chantrey's use of plaster casts’

Dr Claire Jones ( then University of York), ‘The Cast Courts and the 'New Sculpture' of the 1870s-90s’

Dr Sarah Turner (then University of York), ‘“Casting of South Asia” in the 19th century’

Dr Rowan Watson (Senior Curator, National Art Library, V&A), ‘Reproductions in the 19th century’

Dr Kate Nichols (then University of York), ‘The Greek & Roman casts and the Crystal Palace’

Main image: Cast room, V&A. Photo: 0271-Victoria-and-Albert-Museum by Xiquinho Silva (detail –; image licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) -

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