Sculpture Victorious examines the unprecedented florescence of sculpture during the reign of Queen Victoria. This lavishly illustrated book draws together a wide range of materials to highlight the originality, inventiveness, and ubiquity of Victorian sculpture, while exploring the cultural and political role it played. As Britain became the world’s most powerful empire, sculpture was used to celebrate the nation’s prowess. Presenting an unfailingly positive vision of power, sculpture became a symbol of British invention and progress, while representing the perfect union of art and industry. This beautiful volume presents for the first time the diversity of sculptural production in the Victorian era, showing that, across nation and empire, sculpture asserted Britain’s victory and, in so doing, declared its own.
Martina Droth is Associate Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. Jason Edwards is Professor of History of Art at the University of York. Michael Hatt is Professor of History of Art at the University of Warwick.