Sophie Morris will conduct research for her postdoctoral project, “Moving Hands: From Gloves to Medical Manuals in the Visual Culture of Seventeenth-Century London.” She will produce a detailed visual consideration of the shifting aesthetics of the hand in England from an art historical perspective. If it is the work of the image to aid the process of normalizing scientific knowledge in this period, looking at the intersection of costume, artistic practice, and medical production will make possible new observations regarding the rituals that regulated early modern concepts of the body.
Hughes’s research seeks to contextualize John Ruskin’s reforms of drawing education expounded at the Working Men’s College and published as the The Elements of Drawing (1857). He will be working with nineteenth-century drawing manuals in the Center’s collection, as well as the drawings themselves. Hughes is this year’s Brian Allen Scholar.
Potts’s project, titled “Picturing the Social,” explores experimentation with new kinds of social realist subjects in later nineteenth-century British art. He will be looking at instances of artists negotiating the tensions between a preoccupation with problems of pictorial depiction and experimentation with often charged social realist subjects.