Journal Article

William Bullock

Susan Pearce

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 20, issue 1, pages 17-35
Published in print May 2008 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online October 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhm031
William Bullock

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The influence of William Bullock and the exhibitions at his Egyptian Hall, London, upon the trajectory taken by visual imagery and the interpretation of objects has been underrated. Between 1816, when his natural history exhibitions began to lose importance, and 1825, when he left the Hall, he mounted two major exhibitions, of Lapp and Mexican artefacts, which he had collected himself. Both featured important material culture, shown within ‘realistic’ settings, and both included talks and demonstrations by local people, whom Bullock had brought to London. In these exhibitions, Bullock used innovative ideas to transform material culture from the outlandish to a field for sympathetic understanding.

Journal Article.  13393 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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