A Culture of Improvement: Knowledge, Aesthetic Consciousness, and the Conversazione

Wood, Jane
May 2006
Nineteenth Century Studies;2006, Vol. 20, p79
Academic Journal
The article focuses on three examples of mid-nineteenth century conversaziones that contributed to the debates regarding the culture of improvement. They include the convesazione of the Rotherham Literary and Scientific Society of December 1867, the series of medical convesziones sponsored by the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 1866-1876, and the Sheffield School of Art conversazione of February 1878. The cultural significance of these conversaziones, in consideration of the history of their exhibitions, are discussed.


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