Working title of thesis:
‘British Art, 1640-1660: Artists, Agents and Aristocrats during the Civil Wars and Interregnum'
Department of History of Art, School of Humanities, Nottingham University
Lead Supervisor: Professor Jeremy Wood
Co-Supervisor: Dr Julia Merritt
Description of thesis:
For my thesis I am investigating the continuities in British art and patronage from immediately before, during and in the ‘Interregnum’ years after the British Civil Wars. The study will challenge the artificial cut-off point of the outbreak of Civil War in 1642, which is often imposed in histories of British art (Parry, 1981; Smuts, 1987; Howarth, 1997; Cruickshanks, 2000) at the expense of the many patrons and artists who continued to be active across Europe throughout the subsequent decades, such as Lady Arundel (Chew, 2003) and the 10th Earl of Northumberland (Wood, 1993 and 1994). This attitude has been further reinforced by the deaths in quick succession of two major Flemish artists who worked for English patrons: Rubens in 1640, and Van Dyck in 1641.
I aim to evaluate whether the Civil War was indeed a barrier to the continuation and development of British art patronage, building significantly on current knowledge of the 1630s but pushing forward through a fresh investigation of the 1640s and 1650s.
My method is interdisciplinary and broadly informed by a cultural history approach, drawing on recent studies of this period in both Art History and History, notably Peck, Consuming Splendor, 2005; Sharpe, Image Wars, 2010; and Keblusek and Noldus, Double Agents, 2011.
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