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Art history scholarship between the 1820s and the 1870s: the role of the Eastlake Library at the National Gallery (Studentship)

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Project Description

The period from the 1820s to the 1870s was critical in the intellectual development of art history. The fact that this was not mirrored in UK universities until the 1930s meant that museums remained an important locus for leading research in the field. This research project therefore aims to cast new light on this area, focusing on the library of Sir Charles Eastlake (1793-1865), the first Director of the National Gallery.

The Eastlake Library numbers some 2,030 volumes covering a wide range of formats which reflects his broad-ranging interests the field of art history, especially in relation to attribution and provenance research and in the history of artistic techniques.

In partnership with the National Gallery

Status Project Live
Funder(s) Arts & Humanities Research Council
Value £70,717.00
Project Dates Oct 1, 2018 - Sep 30, 2022
Partner Organisations The National Gallery

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