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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

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