Sarah M. M. Leonard is a curatorial track PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware. She specializes in the art, material culture, and landscapes of Victorian Britain. She is currently writing her dissertation.
She is particularly interested in the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts movements and in Victorian and Edwardian cultural landscapes – including gardens and agricultural and urban spaces. She also pursues secondary research interests in Victorian masculinities and in transatlantic connections in garden design c. 1900-1940
She was awarded an MA in art history from the University of Delaware in 2014, with a qualifying paper titled “‘Nothing could be more pitiably effeminate’: The ‘Bad Emperor’ Type and Conflicts of Victorian Masculinity in J.W. Waterhouse’s The Favourites of the Emperor Honorius.”
She received an MA in Historic Landscape Studies from the University of York, UK in 2012. Her dissertation, Gertrude Jekyll in York: A Study of the Gardens at Bishopthorpe Garth and Bishopbarns, recorded two gardens previously neglected in Jekyll scholarship.
In the past, she has been a curatorial and research intern at the Delaware Art Museum, the Harvard Art Museums, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.