Curator, Reference Collection
Within the Heinz Archive and Library I am responsible for the cataloguing, management and care of the portraits within the Reference Collection. Largely consisting of prints, this also includes portraits in other media such as drawings and medals. I also respond to enquiries from external researchers and supervise visitors to our Public Study Room. I contribute to the Gallery’s programme of temporary displays and exhibitions.
I graduated in History of Art from the University of East Anglia and joined the Gallery’s Picture Library in 1995 after working in a similar role at the Science Museum. I moved to the Heinz Archive & Library in 1997. I curated the Gallery’s 2015 exhibition Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions, part of the Waterloo 200 commemorations. Displays include Changing Impressions: A Print Conservation Project in Focus, 2002, Portraits of Alphonse Legros, 2004; Nelson: Before and After Trafalgar, 2005; and Henry VIII Remembered, 2009.
My research interests include the history of prints and printmaking, portraits of military and naval personalities and the reception and interpretation of those portraits.
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions (NPG 2015)