Danielle Thom

Title: Assistant Curator
Department: Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass

I'm an assistant curator working between the Sculpture and Prints departments; looking mainly at 18th century material. I look at the relationships between sculpture and printmaking, and the place of sexuality and eroticism in art. I'm also curating 'A Stitch in Time', a forthcoming display of decorative sewing and knitting tools with a feminist twist.

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‘A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing Before 1900’

  A stitch in time, may save nine. First recorded in Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia, Adages and Proverbs (1732)   The meaning of the ‘stitch in time’ proverb is well known: if you address a small problem with a little work, you prevent it from becoming a big problem requiring a lot of work. It’s probably no […]

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18th Century Queer Cultures #2: Connoisseurship & Classicism

In part #1 of this blog post, we looked at the representation of homosexuality in visual culture of the eighteenth century. Though the stereotypical image of the overdressed, effeminate man permeated popular media such as prints, ceramics and the theatre, it remained a stereotype rooted in wealth, fashion and elite status. Here, we’ll look at what […]

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18th Century Queer Cultures #1: the Macaroni & his Ancestors

Introduction In terms of gender identity and masculine expression, the eighteenth century was an important time of transition. While in 1700, there was a certain amount of tolerance for effeminacy, and for bisexuality, by 1800 the understanding of what it meant to be a man was considerably more rigid, closely policed, and what we might […]

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Out On Display #4: Akio Takamori and ‘Queer Objects’

Aiko Takamori vase

Vase Akio Takamori USA, glazed stoneware, 1985 C.59-1986 On display in room 142   The contemporary Japanese-American ceramicist Akio Takamori creates pieces which draw upon traditional Japanese forms to represent the human body in a variety of whimsical and unsettling positions. This vase, in the shape of a flattened oval, represents two nude women embracing […]

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Out On Display #3: The Scandalous Collectors

William Beckford

  William Beckford T. A. Dean after Sir Joshua Reynolds P.R.A. England (London), mezzotint engraving on paper, c.1800 E.2046-1919 On display in room 120   Cravat Grinling Gibbons England, carved limewood, c.1690 W.181-1928 On display in room 118A   Art collecting and ‘deviance’ were linked in the eighteenth-century imagination. Many of the leading collectors, most […]

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Out On Display #2: Eileen Gray, Avant-Garde Designer

Eileen Gray screen

Screen Eileen Gray France (Paris), wood with lacquer, c.1928 W.40-1977 On display in room 135   Born into an aristocratic Irish family, the designer and architect Eileen Gray (1878-1976) lived an unconventional life compared to most women of her time and class. Initially training as a paintre, it was Gray’s visit to the Paris Exposition […]

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Out On Display #1: Hadrian and Antinous

Aureus coin of Emperor Hadrian

Welcome to ‘Out in the Museum’; the V&A’s new blog series on all things LGBTQ+! We’ll be covering art, history, museum events and advocacy. Your comments and feedback are welcomed. This is the first in a regular series of posts on objects in our collection with LGBTQ+ histories.   Coin, head of the Emperor Hadrian […]

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An Unknown Soldier? The V&A’s First World War Memorial

Simple and solemn in cream Hopton Wood stone, the V&A’s monument to its 1914-18 war dead sits unobtrusively in the main entrance hall. Designed in 1919 by the sculptor and typographer Eric Gill, it was commissioned by the Museum with the dual aims of commemorating the fallen and acquiring an example of Gill lettering. As […]

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