My research investigates networks of art patronage linked to the later Stuart courts. It questions whether the erosion of the monarch's political power during this period was reflected in matters of artistic taste and commissioning. To what extent did the crown relinquish its role as the arbiter of taste, and to whom did this leadership pass? Leading members of the aristocracy, a growing mercantile class, and new networks of power and interest were all significant commissioners of art during this period. Focusing on case studies of key patrons, my research will map artistic leadership against the significant political upheavals of the period.
Under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme, I am co-supervised by Tabitha Barber of Tate. My research will inform the development of a forthcoming exhibition at Tate Britain.