Collecting Spain: textiles at the V&A, 1850-1950 (book launch)

Collecting Spain: textiles at the V&A, 1850-1950 (book launch)

College of Arts School of Modern Languages and Cultures Stirling Maxwell Centre
Date: Thursday 10 November 2022
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Venue: TalkLab (University of Glasgow Library, level 3) + Zoom (see below)
Category: Public lectures
Speaker: Ana Cabrera Lafuente (V&A Museum) and Lesley Miller (University of Glasgow); respondent: Hilary Macartney (University of Glasgow)

In Collecting Spain: Coleccionismo de artes decorativas españolas en Gran Bretaña y España / Collecting Spanish Decorative Arts in Britain and Spain (Madrid: Polifemo, 2002), Ana Cabrera examines the collecting of Spanish decorative arts between about 1850 and 1945, from both British and Spanish perspectives. It focusses on the period in which museums and private collectors in both countries valued and acquired different types of objects from Spain, such as ivory caskets, silk textiles, carpets, lustreware ceramics, furniture, jewellery and silverware. The essays reveal similarities and differences in approach in Britain and Spain, as well as the key figures involved and the differing national contexts in which their activities took place.

Dr Cabrera will highlight the role played by specific museums, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and by local, national and international exhibitions of the decorative arts, in disseminating knowledge about Spanish objects, historical and contemporary. In her talk, Dr Cabrera will also focus on the significant role of textiles in the history of taste and collecting in this period.

In-person event in the TaqlkLab Room, Level 3 of the University of Glasgow Library, but also available online, via Zoom. For the Zoom link, register in

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