Dawn Hoskin

Title: Assistant Curator
Department: Furniture, Textiles & Fashion

I am an Assistant Curator working on the development of the new Europe 1600-1800 Galleries. My interests are wide-ranging but subjects I have particularly enjoyed exploring for this project include: European depictions of Africa and Africans; Dutch domestic interiors; early ballooning; the gambling halls of 18th-century Venice; the fashion for singeries (depictions of monkeys apeing human behaviour!); wig-making and hairdressing. My 'favourite' object going into the new Europe Galleries changes on an almost daily basis ... I am also Co-Chair of the V&A's LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Group.

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CIS:C.10-2009

Out On Display #12: My Heroes

      ‘My Heroes’ Grayson Perry England, earthenware, 1994 Bought with the assistance of Dennis and Charlotte Stevenson C.10-2009 On display in room 142     Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry regularly examines the subjects of masculinity and transvestism within his artwork. He often appears in public dressed as his female alter-ego Claire and […]

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The King Vulture & White Gold

Listening to BBC iPlayer this week, Neil MacGregor from the British Museum reminded me of a vulture! I should quickly clarify that this is not some museum-rivalry based insult, but rather that I was enjoying listening to him in an episode from the series Germany: Memories of a Nation. In the episode Porcelain: The White Gold […]

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Selecting Furniture & Sculpture Part III

Suitable for Inclusion? – Some Practical Considerations So you’re a curator with your eye on an extraordinary, dazzling furniture or sculpture object (which perhaps handily belonged to someone famous!) that you would like to include in your galleries. Now you need to consider further practical aspects that might determine whether or not it is suitable […]

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Born on This Day: Master of the Animal Still Life

Frans Snyders (11 November 1579 – 19 August 1657, Antwerp) is considered to be the first specialist in what was a new Flemish form of still life – the animal still life. Regarded as one of the finest animal painters of his day, Snyders had a particular knack for creating large, well-balanced compositions in which he […]

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Out On Display #11: Kissing Doesn’t Kill

  ‘KISSING DOESN’T KILL, GREED AND INDIFFERENCE DO’ Designed by Gran Fury : Published by ACT UP USA, offset lithograph, 1989 Given by Shaun Cole E.472-1993 On display in room 76   Gran Fury was a collective of artists and designers dedicated to promoting AIDS/HIV awareness. They used a variety of media in their efforts […]

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Selecting Furniture & Sculpture Part II

 Continuing on from the previous post … Sculpture The V&A’s sculpture collection is designated the National Collection of Sculpture. It concentrates on Western European Sculpture from the 4th century to the end of the 19th century and comprises of approximately 22,000 objects intotal. Highlights of the collection include masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance, ivory carvings of all […]

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Out On Display #10: Because We Must

          Costumes for Because We Must Designed by Leigh Bowery Made by Mr. Pearl London, crewel work & appliqué, 1987 S.101 & 102-2010 On display in room 105   For maverick gay artist, costume designer, club promoter and poseur, Leigh Bowery (1961-1994), fashion and clothing were an integral part of his […]

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Welcome to Hell!

Looking at the V&A blog page this morning, I can see that Halloween has caught the imagination of a number of fellow Museum bloggers. However, I can’t pass up such an apt occasion on which to introduce you to two of the most gruesome and macabre objects going into the Europe Galleries. Both, fittingly, will […]

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Commemorating the Reformation in ‘ANNO SECULARI MDCCXVII DIE 31 OCT’

Today I bring you a commemoration of a commemoration! ‘IN MEMORIAM SECUNDI IUBILAEI EVANGELICI ANNO SECULARI MDCCXVII DIE 31 OCT[obris] CELEBRATI SENAT[us] FRANCOFURTI F [ieri] F[ecit] I I F’ The text above is found inscribed on a Reichstaler coin set into the base of a beaker going into the Europe Galleries. The inscription translates as: ‘In […]

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Born on This Day: The Bridge Builder

Born this day in 1708,  the French architect and structural engineer Jean-Rodolphe Perronet was admittedly not technically a ‘builder’ but he was the man responsible for the design and construction of many key bridges in 18th-century France. Perronet improved the network of bridges and roads across France, and established the first school for training bridge […]

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