Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
Location Arts Two 2.19
I am an art historian of early modern France. I joined QMUL in 2015 after five years at the University of Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College and a Lecturer in History of Art. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney and my Masters and PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
My research focuses on the visual and material culture of 18th-century France and artistic communities in Paris. My first book, Académie Royale: A History in Portraits (2015), is an anthropologically inflected study of the inner workings of this pre-eminent art institution and the social lives of its members. I’m also writing a book with Katie Scott called Artists’ Things, a material study of objects once owned by 18th-century artists.
As a Leverhulme Fellow, I’m working an a research project called Artists and the Church: Religion, Art, and Parish Life in 18th-Century Paris, investigating the crucial and vastly underexplored subject of religious art in this period. I’m also exploring the cultural geography of the Paris art world in a digital mapping project called Mapping Paris.
- The Paris art world
- Early modern artistic communities
- Portraits and self-portraits
- Religious art and architecture
- History of art institutions (e.g. Académie Royale, Louvre)
- Maps and mapping
- Académie Royale: A History in Portraits (Ashgate, 2015)
Articles & Essays
- “The Mysterious Suicide of François Lemoyne”, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 38, no. 2 (June 2015), 225-245
- “Le Louvre de Demachy: le palais et le quartier au XVIIIe siècle”, Pierre-Antoine Demachy: le témoin méconnu, exhib. cat. (Musée Lambinet: Versailles, 2014), 28-39
- “Academic Intimacies: Portraits of Family, Friendship, and Rivalry at the Académie Royale”, Art History, vol. 36, no. 2 (April 2013), 338-365
- “A Phenomenology of Vision: the Self-Portraits of Jean-Étienne Liotard”, no. 34, RIHA Journal (2012)
- “Le peintre gravé et les graveurs peints: les portraits d’amitié de Hyacinthe Rigaud et ses graveurs”, Drückgraphik: Zwischen Reproduktion und Invention, eds. M. Castor et. al. (Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2010), 55-66
- “Romney’s Blank Canvas”, Rutgers Art Review, vol. 26 (2010), 34-48
- “Autoportrait ou portrait de l’artiste peint par lui-même? Se peindre soi-même à l’époque modern”, Images Re-vues, no. 7 (2009)
- “Viewing libertinage in Charles-Antoine Coypel’s Children Playing at the Toilette (1728)”, immediations, vol. 1, no. 4 (May 2007), 25-30
- Prix Marianne Roland Michel 2011, Fondation Marianne & Roland Michel and the Institut de France
- Doctoral Fellow, Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, 2007-2008
Membership of professional associations or societies
- Association of Art Historians
- College Art Association
- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture
- Co-founder and Editor of Journal18
Appearances in the media
I contribute to public debates around art history in venues like The Conversation.