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Courtauld Summer School Online

May 25, 2021

Global Britain: Painting, Print Culture and Patronage, c.1700-1800 Monday 26 – Friday 30 July 2021 A course investigating the rich artistic legacies of the eighteenth century when British society, powered by the twin forces of imperial expansion and consumer revolution, was radically transformed. The course concentrates on the media of paint and print and it… Read More ›

ICE Virtual Summer Festival of Learning

A five-day, online course about painting and printmaking in Britain from the accession of George I in 1714 to the death of George III in 1820.

NCH Art History Taster Lecture

FEBRUARY 2021 delivered a Taster Lecture for students applying to the Art History BA (Hons) course for 2021/2 and 2022/3. The 40 minute talk, called ‘Ruined Landscapes: Catastrophes and Global Warming in Art History’ analysed depictions of ruined landscapes caused by the catastrophic effects of weather, war or natural disaster. Artists discussed included J.M.W. Turner, Albert… Read More ›

Refugees, Patriotism, and Hogarth’s ‘The Gate of Calais’ (1748)

Published in December 2020 in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 17 pages: Hogarth’s painting has long proved to be an effective conduit for national sentiment. Deploying an inter‐disciplinary analysis, the paper argues that Hogarth’s pictorial satire draws on a cultural heritage that originated within French refugee communities writing to discredit politics ‘back home’. Understood from… Read More ›

Visiting Fellowship at the Louis Walpole Library August-September 2017

I started my fellowship in Farmington one week early. I was traveling from Tel Aviv and I wanted to make sure that getting over jet-lag, orientating myself with the on-site materials and practical things like renting a car would not impinge on the precious research time. It turned out to be a good idea: by… Read More ›

Early Modern Satire: Themes Re-Evaluations and Practices, University of Gothenburg, 2-4th November 2017

This was a three-day conference on Early Modern Satire at the University of Gothenburg. My talk addressed inter-mediality in graphic satire and took as an example a series of prints published in London in the late 1730s. Some of these attacked Walpole’s government, others defended it but all of them used animals.  The paper explored the… Read More ›

Making Britain Modern

Invited speaker for a conference celebrating the scholarship of Professor David H. Solkin and his outstanding contribution to the study of British art and which will be held at the Courtauld Institute of Art on July 2nd. Over the course of the day, Kay Dian Kriz, Meredith Gamer, Matthew Hargraves, Joseph Monteyne, John Chu, Richard… Read More ›

High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

A superb exhibition is currently showing at the Queen’s Gallery in London. It is curated by Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection and displays a great selection of the Rowlandson prints and drawings from the Windsor Castle collection. The catalogue is fantastic too with huge full-page illustrations with lots of colour and… Read More ›

Rowlandson and After: Rethinking Graphic Satire

Invited speaker for a study day on British graphic satire that is being co-organised by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London and the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. The symposium also coincides with a new exhibition on the art of Thomas Rowlandson called High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson. For more information… Read More ›

James Gillray@200: Caricaturist without a Conscience?

Saturday 28th-Sunday 29th March 2015, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England Abstract: ‘Gillray’s French jokes: the ‘sick-list’ casualties of the 1790s’ For artists like James Gillray, churning out satirical images of the French in the 1790s was a necessary duty, and even more so for someone who, from 1798, was a salaried illustrator for the Anti-Jacobite Review…. Read More ›

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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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