The Sculpture of Gilbert Ledward (Henry Moore Foundation in association with Lund Humphries, 2003)
This monograph in the Henry Moore Foundation series British Sculptors and Sculpture developed earlier work on war memorials, and examined closely the broad range of sculptural activity and the infrastructures of sculptural practice that ran parallel to established histories of modern British sculpture.
Grounded in archival work based on the artist’s drawings and photographs and an unpublished autobiography, the project necessitated fieldwork across the UK and in Belgium and Hong Kong.
Other outcomes from this project included the writing of the entry on the artist for the New Dictionary of National Biography (2004) and lecturing to the British Art Medal Society on Ledward’s work in this field. Ledward’s archive of drawings and photographs was donated to the Henry Moore Institute in 2003 and I was invited to advise on the arrangement and cataloguing of this collection.
In 2005 I was invited to join the steering committee of the AHRC funded project led by Ann Compton, Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain & Ireland 1851-1951. Its purpose extends my own research interests by focusing on the uniquely collaborative nature of making sculpture and taking into account art infrastructures, professional networks and cultural geographies.
"'The Sculpture of Gilbert Ledward (2003)' ... should guide scholars in their consideration of work of other sculptors of the period."
(The Burlington Magazine, December 2004)