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Early Modern Discussion Group | Charlotte Davis

22 April @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Charlotte Davis (University of York), ‘Architects versus Craftsmen? Rediscovering the role of Edward Pearce’

Charlotte Davis is a PhD student at the University of York researching late seventeenth-century British sculpture including investigations of sculpture’s cultural significance and charting the development of sculpture’s place as an art form rather than a craft pursuit.

John Summerson identified the Restoration City of London as a ‘mercantile stronghold’ whose taste sat in distinction from that of the West End. This division between polite and mercantile taste was cemented with the conception that craftsmen catered to the City while emergent architects designed for the elite. However, as the career of Edward Pearce illuminates, such clean divisions do not accurately represent the careers of the elite carvers active in London at the end of the seventeenth century. This paper explores the contributions made by Edward Pearce which fall beyond the craftsman/architect divide and addresses the need for an understanding of the period which moves beyond binary oppositions.

This seminar will be held online on Blackboard Collaborate. Register here via Eventbrite.


22 April
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Early Modern Discussion Group