The ways in which people looked at, thought about and discussed the visual arts in Britain between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries, including:
- Art theory and criticism in Britain 1660-1830, and their relationship to artistic practice.
- The reception of Netherlandish seventeenth-century art in Britain, 1660-1830.
- Attitudes to minuteness (high detail and meticulous brushwork) among British theorists, critics, connoisseurs and artists, 1660-1830.
- The 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds.
- Sir David Wilkie.
Immediate research projects
A major study of attitudes to the controversial quality of minuteness in the visual arts in Britain between 1660 and 1830. Aspects of this study have appeared as articles in the British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Oxford Art Journal and British Art Journal.
An investigation into what has been described as 'a curious incident, difficult to explain'; the late seventeenth-century English enthusiasm for 'drolls': small, dark, ugly pictures and prints of scurrilous subjects produced by Netherlandish immigrants.