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Adopting a ‘de-centered’ approach to the themes and subjects of 18th-century British art seems crucial to me. My PhD training and my teaching at the Courtauld have enabled me to develop a specialised knowledge of the field and I have learnt from – and worked alongside -some of the world’s leading art historians. Yet before becoming a ‘dix-huitièmiste’ I worked in publishing and my initial post-graduate degrees were from French and American universities – a masters in 19th-century French literature from the Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne) and in art history and archaeology from the University of Maryland. I continue to speak and write in French about the subjects that interest me and I maintain a strong interest in texuality, in word/image dialogues and art history as writing. Living outside of the United Kingdom for the last couple of years has been tremendously stimulating: it has enabled me to share my subjects with people working in all sorts of capacities and with different life-experiences or alternative areas of specialization.

In Israel for the French community (an organisation called Israel Acceuil) I introduced art history discussion sessions on different aspects of the permanent collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Our first session took place in June 2017 and was on portraiture. The second session is scheduled for 20th March 2018 on landscape painting in 17th and 18th centuries.

With the Cultural Services of the French Institute I have helped organised an exhibition on the history of caricature and a public discussion on free speech (see below).

NCH Art History Taster Lecture

February 24, 2021

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 ›

Le paysage au dix-septième et dix-huitième siècle, musée de Tel Aviv: Une conférence/visite pour Israel Accueil, 10h-11h30

Pour faire suite à la première conférence/visite sur le portrait qui a eu lieu le 14 juin 2017

Intranquillité de la caricature

A conference was held last night at the French Institute in Tel Aviv, the third part in a cycle of events commemorating the first anniversary of the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher last January in Paris. The theme was ‘the history and functions of caricature and laughter’: two presentations on historical perspectives were given… Read More ›

Charlie Hebdo: Intranquillité de la caricature

The French Institute in Israel has turned its attention to caricature to mark the first anniversary of the tragic events in Paris. Two exhibitions are currently on show. One retraces the history of caricature from the 18th through the 19th centuries in England and France. The other pays homage to those who were killed with thirty new caricatures produced… 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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