Participant Info

First Name
Madeleine
Last Name
Pelling
Affiliation
University of York
Website URL
https://madeleinepelling.wordpress.com/
Keywords
Eighteenth Century, Women's History, Material Culture, Antiquarianism, History of Collecting, Historiography, Feminism, Gender, Museums, Georgian, Art History
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About Me

I am an incoming Paul Mellon Centre for British Art Studies Postdoctoral Fellow. I completed my PhD in 2018 at the University of York, where I was the recipient of the History of Art Department doctoral scholarship. I received my BA (Hons) in English Literature from York in 2014, and went on to do an MA in the History of Art Department there. I have held a Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship, a British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies Early Career Researcher Visiting Fellowship and a Lewis Walpole Library travel grant.

My research focuses on material and visual culture in the eighteenth century, with particular emphasis on the history of collecting and women as antiquarians. I am currently preparing a monograph, The Portland Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, c. 1750 -1786, for publication. My articles ‘Collecting the World: Female Friendship and Domestic Craft at Bulstrode Park,’  ‘Crafting Friendship: Mary Delany’s Album of Découpage and Queen Charlotte’s Pocketbook’ and ‘Selling the Duchess: Narratives of Celebrity in A Catalogue of the Portland Museum‘ have been published in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture and Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal respectively.

Recent Publications

Monograph

Pelling, M. The Portland Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, c. 1750-1786. (In preparation)

Journal Articles

Pelling, M. ‘Selling the Duchess: Narratives of Celebrity in A Catalogue of the Portland Museum (1786).’ Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 13, no. 2 (Spring 2019): pp. 3-32

Pelling, M. ‘Crafting Friendship: Mary Delany’s Album of Découpage and Queen Charlotte’s Pocketbook’ Journal 18, special issue ‘Eighteenth-Century Albums’ October 2018

Pelling, M. ‘Collecting the World: Female Friendship and Domestic Craft at Bulstrode Park.’ Journal for Eighteenth- Century Studies 41, no. 1 (January 2018): pp. 101-120 (10,521 words)

Magazine Articles

Pelling, M. ‘Lives Laid Bare: Celebrity, Death and the Georgian Auction’ History Today (February 2018)

Reviews

The Georgian London Townhouse: Building, Collecting and Display, edited by Susanna Avery-Quash and Kate Retford (Bloomsbury, 2019), Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Forthcoming 2019)

Facing the Text: Extra-Illustration, Print Culture and Society in Britain 1769-1840 by Lucy Peltz, Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 (Autumn 2018)

Gainsborough and the Theatre, The Holburne Museum, BSECS Criticks, November 2018

The Beckford Women, Beckford Tower and Museum, BSECS Criticks, June 2018

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Book History, Gender, Literary History, Material Culture, Museums, Women