This research group is concerned with eighteenth-century visual culture in all its various manifestations, including painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic arts, landscape and urbanism. Its members explore the complex dynamics of visual culture during this period, with reference to the tensions between theory and practice, classicism and modernity, identity and power, and visual and textual sources. Our primary focus is on the art of Britain, France and Germany, and we consider the eighteenth century in its widest definition, including its legacies and historiography.
Current research projects include Figures of Pathos: Melancholy and Mourning in French and British Art c.1760–1815 (book – Emma Barker); Landscapes of London: The Metropolitan Environs 1660–1830 (book – Elizabeth McKellar); The First Actresses 1660–1800 (collaborative exhibition and book with the National Portrait Gallery – Professor Gill Perry); Meaning and Representation in Wallpapers and Related Schemes in Britain, c.1740–1820 (book – Dr Clare Taylor);Expression and Classicism in Sculpture and Painting c.1800 (book – Dr Linda Walsh); Living with Books: The Country House Library 1660–1830 (book – Dr Susie West).
We welcome applications in areas which correspond to current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact the department.