Contents: Family matters: the effects of family circumstances and expectations upon women's decision to sculpt - Carving out a career: acquiring training, managing business, balancing demands of home and studio - Making their way: self-promotion without social disapproval, choice of career advisors - Characteristics and convictions: reinstating their individual identities, acknowledging themselves as self-conscious agents - Critical appraisals: the quality of women's sculpture assessed alongside quality of critics' judgements - Hoydens or heroines: representation of women sculptors in popular fiction, journalism, advice literature - Impacts: upon Victorian art world and nineteenth-century social culture.
Shannon Hunter Hurtado is an independent scholar who specializes in nineteenth-century British sculpture, particularly sculpture made by women. She teaches history of art at the University of Edinburgh and has been a researcher for the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association's National Recording Project, Edinburgh volume. Previously, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.
"This book is a wonderful addition to the CISRA series and will be enjoyed by anyone interested in Victorian culture." (Beatrice Laurent, Cahiers victoriens et edouardiens 78, 2013)