Sarah Thomas (Birkbeck, University of London)

Sarah Thomas’s research focuses on the art history and museology of the British empire, the role and particularities of the itinerant artist, and the iconography of slavery. Publications include The Encounter, 1802: Art of the Flinders and Baudin Voyages (Art Gallery of South Australia, 2002), book chapters including ‘Slaves and the spectacle of torture: British artists in the New World, 1800-1834’ and ‘Allegorizing Extinction: Humboldt, Darwin and the Valedictory Image’, and journal articles such as ‘The Spectre of Empire in the British Art Museum’ (Museum History Journal) (2013/14). In 2013 she completed her doctoral thesis, Witnessing Slavery: Travelling Artists in an Age of Abolition(University of Sydney). In 2013 she was a recipient of a Cultural Engagement Fellowship from the University of Oxford, which allowed her to contribute to research for a forthcoming exhibition about art and the British empire to be held at Tate Britain in 2015. She has a particular interest in the art of Australia, Brazil and the Caribbean.


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