Caroline Villers fellow 2007-08

Dr. Pascal Labreuche is the current Caroline Villers Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art, in the Department of Conservation & Technology and he is a Fellow in the Research Forum of the Institute. He took up the Fellowship in November 2007 for a nine month period of intensive research. He took his PhD from the University of Nantes, Centre François Viète in 2005, and a Masters in the history of technology from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris. His doctoral thesis is now published: La toile à peindre à Paris, 1793-1867. Inventions et mutations techniques, Paris: CTHS / INHA, coll. “L’art et l’essai”.

His current research interests follow on from research for his thesis, and focus on the patents for manufacture of stretchers and primed canvases in the 19th and the early part of the 20th centuries in England. He has given an introductory lecture on the plans for his research for the Fellowship, which will explore the patents for these materials available in the British Library, and a collaboration with material manufacturers in the UK for historical information related to the supply of the patented artists’ materials.

We look forward to the presentation of his findings at the end of his Fellowship in July.

Dr Aviva Burnstock, Head of Conservation and Technology



royal literary fund fellow: Anne Rouse

The Courtauld is delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Rouse as the Institute’s latest Royal Literary Fund Fellow. It is the principal aim of the RLF Fellowship to foster good writing practice among students through one-to-one coaching; and since 2003, when Judy Corbalis arrived as the first of our Fellows, both our undergraduates and postgraduates have reaped enormous benefits from this most enlightened (and enlightening) of pedagogic schemes.

Anne Rouse, a native of Virginia, read history at the University of London. She subsequently worked in the NHS and as the director of a mental health charity. Her poetry has appeared in many periodicals, such as Independent, The Observer, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, and the TLS. Both of her collections, Sunset Grill and Timing, were Poetry Book Society Recommendations. A third, The School of Night, was published in 2004, and The Upshot: New and Selected Poems, will be published in June. She has held workshops, readings, and residencies in a number of settings, from the Almeida Theatre to Tate Modern.

Anne will be acting as The Courtauld’s RLF Fellow on a temporary basis, until the end of the summer term 2008. Next autumn she will be succeeded in post by the biographer Virginia Rounding, who will be fully introduced in a forthcoming issue of this newsletter. We are extremely grateful to the Royal Literary Fund for its generous support.

Professor David Solkin, Dean of Studies