- Lecturer in History of Art (History of Art)
Office Hour: Email for appointment
- Art, writings and theories of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and his circle
- Exhibition culture and the London art market 1850-1914
- 19th century art press - economic and social aspects
- 19th century women artists, especially the work of Louise Jopling (1843-1933)
- James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning project (funded 2010-11 by the British Academy, ongoing). Principal investigator, technical and contextual study of Whistler's work in watercolour, involving collaboration with Dr Erma Hermens, curators and conservation staff at the University of Glasgow (History of Art and Hunterian Art Gallery) and the Freer-Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, the two leading collections of Whistler watercolours in the world. Project outcomes include focus exhibitions (see under Additional Information), a scholarly catalogue and a research website that will link the two collections via virtual versions of the exhibitions and shared data.
- School Research Committee, conference grant, May 2011, £270.
- Lunder Foundation Whistler Consortium grant (USA), conference award, Sept 2011, £250
- Freer-Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution (USA), conference support, Sept 2011, £750
- Carnegie Trust, June 2010, £930 (research support, Louise Jopling Project)
Accepting research students seeking to work on 19th century British and American art and on the art market.
- Victoria Irvine: 'Trustees’ Academy and naturalism in Scottish painting'
- Stacey Clapperton: 'Technical Art History Research into early British Modernist paint'
- Elisabetta Toreno: ‘Semiotics of Female Western Portraiture from the perspectives of Patrons/Patronage’
- Joanna Cobb: 'Schomberg House, London'
- Carly Shearer: 'Noel Paton and Victorian Fairy Painting
- Research project internships
- Dissertation supervision
- Work placement mentoring
Trustees’ Academy and naturalism in Scottish painting)
- Level 1 Co-convenor
- Exams Co-convenor
- Graduate Teaching Assistants
- Co-convenor: Mlitt in History of Collecting and Collections
- Whistler Group: Serving member of the Whistler Group, strategy group for Whistler related activity both in GU and elsewhere and through this contributed to the development of the Whistler Consortium, a three year scholarly collaboration between GU, Freer-Sackler and Colby College, Maine (supported by Lunder Foundation). Current activity focuses on a series of symposia, the first of which took place in October 2011.
- Co-chair (with Prof. C. Willsdon), '19th-century Art, Architecture and Design Group'. We run a regular series of research seminars that are attended by staff, students and the general public. The group also acts as a driver for developments in PGT programming and PGR recruitment. Additional objectives include workshops and study days on 19th/early 20th century themes.
Academic co-consultant to the Art Detective/Oil Paintings Expert Network, a free-to-use online interface that aims to connect public art collections in need of specialist research related information with academic specialists, the art trade and other sources of expertise. The project is jointly managed by the Public Catalogue Foundation and GU.
Curator’s talks and exhibition tours for exhibitions ‘An American in London: Whistler and the Thames’ (Addison Gallery, MA, USA; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Dulwich Picture Gallery, London); ‘Whistler and Watercolour’ (Hunterian Art Gallery); ‘Louise Jopling & Beatrix Whistler’ (Hunterian Art Gallery)
External Examiner, MA and PG Diploma in History and Business of Collecting, University of Warwick/Sir John Soane Museum
- Member, International Scholarly Advisory Board for projects in American Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
- Member, Editorial Board, Whistler Criticism Digitisation Project, Augustana College, Illinois, USA
- Visiting Fellow, Freer-Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
- External Examiner, MA and PG Diploma in History and Business of Collecting, University of Warwick/Wallace Collection
- Academic consultant (2011-14), Whistler and Japan exhibition project, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (opens 2014)
- Curator’s talks and exhibition tours for exhibitions ‘Whistler’s Bridge’ (Addison Gallery, MA, USA; Freer-Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Dulwich Picture Gallery, London), ‘Louise Jopling’ (Hunterian Art Gallery and one other possible venue); ‘Whistler, Women and Watercolour’ (Freer-Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Hunterian Art Gallery)
de Montfort, P. (2014, forthcoming), ‘Whistler’s international exhibitions,’ in James McNeill Whistler: A Retrospective, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, NHK Publishing, Tokyo.
- ‘Louise Jopling (1843-1933),’ Overlooked Victorian Artists Seminar, Manchester Art Gallery & British Art Network (Tate Britain). Invited speaker, forthcoming (January 2014).
- ‘Work and leisure: advertising exhibitions in the London Times’ (July 2011) at the international Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent.
- Lunder Symposium, ‘Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism’ (October 2011). I gave a presentation on my watercolour research project and led a Freer collection session.
- 'Cross Cultural Interchange and Aspirations of Universality: The Peacock Room in 1908': Online interactive colloquium, Recorded 11 May 2011
- 'International networks, periodical publication and the London art market (1880-1914),' Association of Art Historians, London, 2008
- ‘Artists’ Reputations: the Case of James McNeill Whistler in the Twentieth Century’, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies conference (2005)
- ‘The Politics of the Art Review, 1860-1880: F. G. Stephens and Tom Taylor,’ Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference, George Washington University, Washington DC (2005)
- ‘Negotiating a Reputation: Whistler, Rossetti and the Art Market, 1860-1900’, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York (2007)
- Forthcoming: ‘Exhibitions and the late 19th century art market: an analysis of the Fine Art Society, London,’ Art and Commerce in Great Britain XVIII-XXIst Centuries Conference, Rennes, France, April 2009
- Co-curator (with M. F. MacDonald), exhibition and catalogue project ‘An American in London: Whistler and the Thames’ for the Addison Gallery, MA; Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA, and Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (2013-14)
- Curator, exhibition, materials research and catalogue project, 'Whistler and Watercolour', Hunterian Art Gallery (2013)
Curator, exhibition, catalogue and book project, ‘Louise Jopling & Beatrix Whistler’ Hunterian Art Gallery (2015).