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Ms Sally Woodcock

PhD candidate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge


Research Interests

Sally Woodcock is co-supervised by Professor Peter Mandler (Faculty of History) and Dr Spike Bucklow (Hamilton Kerr Institute). Sally's research examines the commercial activities of the artists' colourman - Charles Roberson, one of London's major suppliers of painting materials, covering the period 1820–1920. The study highlights issues of transition from craft to industry and hand to machine manufacture, exploring the tensions between tradition and innovation. The company's account ledgers reveal the importance of trade agreements and reciprocal arrangements, credit and bad debts, price fixing, trade secrets, codes, patents and copyright as well as offering an opportunity to survey an unusually wide range of artistic activity, both amateur and professional, in Victorian and Edwardian London.

 

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