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Catherine Elliott

Research Student


2011 MA Museum Studies, University College London (UCL)

MA, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)

BA Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)


Research Interests

The art of Southern Africa and more generally of Africa; museum collections; the history of collecting; ethnography; archive; provenance; biographies; international exhibitions; representation; colonialism; South African history; early photography; materiality; agency; the art market.


PhD Thesis:

'Recovering the indigenous presence from the colonial archive: the South Africa collection at the British Museum’

(working title)


Select Publications

2013. Maker, Material and Method: Reinstating an Indigenously Made Chair from Nineteenth-Century KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, No. 7, (forthcoming with C. Cartwright and P. Kevin).

2012. Lesotho Style [report on acquisition of African blankets], British Museum Magazine, No. 73.

2011. Material Gains [report on acquisition of African textiles from the Bender collection], British Museum Magazine, No. 70.

2010.  L’Afrique: Celebrating Maria Stein-Lessing and Leopold Spiegel and the Spiegel/Stein-Lessing Collection, Tribal Art Magazine, XV: 1/58, 64-65.

2010. The Pitt Rivers Museum Revisited, Tribal Art Magazine, XIV: 3/56, 96-105.

2009. Henry Christy's Ancient Mexican Treasures at the British Museum, Tribal Art Magazine, XIII: 3/52, 84-97.

2008. The (Re)Verse of a Benin Bronze Plaque, Tribal Art Magazine XII: 4/49, 134-139.

2008. A Magnificent Pentecost Island Mask [catalogue note], Sotheby’s, Important Art d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Paris 11 June 2008, lot 57.

2007. A Pentecost Island Mask, Tribal Art Magazine, XI: 4/45, 134-137.

2004. Discovered: a Supremely Rare and Important Yoruba Bowl by Olowe of Ise, Tribal Art Magazine, IX: 2/35, 120-123, (with S. Kloman).





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