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About me: I am a British art historian. I have lived extensively in France and the US and I have degrees from British, French and American universities. I would say that these transnational journeys have shaped my intellectual outlook. I work on art in the Early Modern era. I write about the image as a powerful tool for indoctrination and as a vector of national and cultural myths. Current research relates to xenophobia, migration and to the intersections between visual culture, satire and national identity. The sort of images that I am writing about look like this:

‘The Inspection’ from ‘Marriage à la Mode’, 1743-5
Anon., The Races of the Europeans, etching and engraving published in London c. 1739

I teach Art History at the New College of Humanities in London and at ICE/University of Cambridge) You can find a more detailed account of my professional activities on this website. I am also on linked in and .

Photo on 4-21-16 at 14.13

Meanwhile in Africa: I travel regularly to Yaoundé in the Cameroon where my husband is completing a mission for the French government. Over there I am working on a new project called ‘The Cries of Yaoundé’. The idea is to use photography to highlight a fascinating aspect of local street culture – ‘les marchands ambulants’ (street criers). Using a format from print culture called the ‘Cries’, I am putting together a visual history of the liminal populations operating on the margins of mainstream commerce in Yaoundé. These people play a central role in marketing consumer goods to poorer customers. My ‘Cries of Yaoundé’ is documenting the lives of people who live and work on the streets of this vibrant and rapidly urbanizing african city …This project is starting to take shape and you can see the beginnings here…

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Art historian of eighteenth century British art writing a book about depictions of the French in English graphic satire. Interested in art, satire, ethnicity and identity

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