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Birkbeck and National Gallery
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art writing, nineteenth-century British women writers and artists, the reception of the Renaissance, Victorians and Italy, women art historians, British nineteenth-century art and literature, aestheticism, the history of taste and collecting.
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About Me

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD candidate at Birkbeck and the National Gallery.

Working title: ‘Modern Mistresses on the Old Masters: late-nineteenth-century women writers on Quattrocento Italian artists, 1865-1916.’

My thesis, which forms the main outcome of an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award project between Birkbeck and the National Gallery, examines the work of nineteenth-century British women writers on the Old Masters. It explores the range of women’s publications, their networks and influence, to recover the contributions they made to art history as it emerged as a discipline during the nineteenth century.

I completed an interdisciplinary BA in Art History
 and Literature at the University of East Anglia (2011), where I graduated with a Starred First Class Honours and was awarded
 the School of Art History prize for my dissertation titled ‘Vernon Lee and the Work of Art’. My Master’s thesis at the Courtauld (2013), awarded a Distinction, revaluated the work of the Anglo-Greek watercolourist Marie Spartali Stillman. Before beginning my PhD, I was the Heritage Lottery Fund Arts Curatorial Trainee at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and worked as Curatorial Assistant in the Collections department at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Recent Publications

‘“Such a pleasant little sketch…of this irritable artist’: Women art writers and the revival of interest in Mantegna for the British public, 1881-1911’, in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, special issue on Nineteenth-Century Women Art Writers, eds. Hilary Fraser, Susanna Avery-Quash and Maria Alambritis (forthcoming, Spring 2019)


“Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism” section in 30-Second Great Art, Quarto Press (forthcoming, October 2018)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Book History, Women