Research course

Eighteenth-century art

Open University · Department of Art History

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

This group carries out major research projects in 18th-century art, culture, architecture and design, and is engaged in ongoing projects on portraiture, gender and society. Current research projects, with books published, include: Figures of Pathos: Melancholy and Mourning in French and British Art c.17601815 (Emma Barker); Landscapes of London: The Metropolitan Environs 1660–1830 (Elizabeth McKellar); The First Actresses 1660–1800 (collaborative exhibition and book with the National Portrait Gallery, Professor Gill Perry); Meaning and Representation in Wallpapers and Related Schemes in Britain, c.17401820 (Dr Clare Taylor); and Living with Books: The Country House Library 1660–1830 (Dr Susie West).

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact the department.

Potential research projects

We welcome applications to study topics that complement our current research.

Current/recent research projects
  • Meaning and Representation in Wallpapers and Related Schemes in Britain, c.1740–1820
  • The Burford Masons and the changing world of building practice in England, c.1630–1730
  • Travelling Irish Artists: Orientalism and British Imperialism

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 652479