Register of Interest: PhD studentships in Tudor and Jacobean Artistic practice (2011- 2013)

We are currently seeking funding for PhD studentships to support an on-going research project on Tudor and Jacobean artistic practice called Making Art in Tudor Britain.  This project is based on the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with the University of Sussex and The Courtauld Institute of Art.  Further information on this project is available at

Subject to successful funding the studentship would be start in January 2011 for a period of three years and the award would cover fees and provide an allowance of approximately £13,590 p.a.  Potential candidates are required to register their interest in these studentships by 31st October 2010 providing a CV, and outline of their of research interests relevant to the studentship.  If funding is obtained, interviews will take place in December 2010.

The doctoral thesis would examine the materials and techniques used for portrait painting by Anglo-Netherlandish and Netherlandish émigré artists working in Britain.  The student would examine paintings attributed to known Netherlandish émigrés including Steven Van der Meulen, John de Critz, Arnold van Bronckhorst and Marcus Gheeraerts and compare the materials and techniques used for these works to paintings by contemporary anonymous painters.  A range of well established methods for the technical study of paintings would be employed, including x-radiography and infra-red reflectography, with characterisation of the materials using microscopy and instrumental analytical method.  The results from these investigations will be compared with similar studies undertaken. The student would need a postgraduate qualification in painting conservation to undertake this research.  The student would be supervised by Dr Aviva Burnstock in the Department of Conservation and Technology at The Courtauld Institute of Art that is a leading institution for the technical study of works of art, and has an international reputation for excellence in this field.  Resources for technical study would be supplemented by facilities at the NPG, including studio space, x-radiography and light microscopy.  A well-established international collaboration with conservation scientists at the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN) will provide resources for analysis of organic materials including the paint-binding media used for the works. 

The student would have NPG staff privileges, and the opportunity to take advantage of the close collaboration between partners at the NPG and The Courtauld Institute of Art.  He/she would attend the five-yearly project meetings to facilitate exchange and provide context for the research, including access to the technical and art historical data generated by other participants in the project and data in the NPG archive. The student would be involved in the production of web-based case studies.


Please apply by email to: by 31st November 2010


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