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 and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

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