The Culture of Property
The Crisis of Liberalism in Modern Britain
Drawing on court transcripts, gallery archives, exhibition reviews, private correspondence—and a striking series of cartoons and photographs—The Culture of Property traverses the history of gender, material culture, urban life, colonialism, Irish and Scottish nationalism, and British citizenship. This fascinating book challenges recent scholarship in museum studies in light of ongoing culture wars. It should be required reading for cultural policy makers, museum professionals, and anyone interested in the history of art and Britain.
Historians of British Art: Historians of British Art Book Prize
"This lucidly written and handsomely produced volume offers valuable insights in how museums at certain moments crystallize wider debates about the relationship among politics, culture, and gender. . . . Bailkin has opened up many lines of inquiry in the historical context of museological practice and debate and the wider poilitics of culture of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain."
"An original, truly interdisciplinary book that draws on British history, art history, museum studies, law, and women's studies in an investigation of the 'material culture of Liberalism' in Britain from 1870 to 1914. . . . The book contains much fascinating material and reflects extensive research in museum archives, legal recoreds, newspapers, journals, and parliamentary debates."
1. Celtic Gold: The Irish Invention of Repatriation
2. The Art of the Stateless Nation: The National Galleries of Scotland Bill
3. Picturing Feminism, Selling Liberalism: The Case of Disappearing Holbein
4. Civics and "Civi-otics" at the London Museum