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Eighteenth-century art

Study Eighteenth centure visual cultures with The Open University

This group carries out major research projects in 18th-century art, culture, architecture and design, and is engaged in ongoing projects on portraiture, gender and society. Current research projects include: Figures of Pathos: Melancholy and Mourning in French and British Art c.1760–1815 (Emma Barker); Landscapes of London: the City, the Country, and the suburbs, 1660–1830 (Elizabeth McKellar); Meaning and Representation in Wallpapers and Related Schemes in Britain, c.1740–1820 (Dr Clare Taylor); and Living with Books: The Country House Library 1660–1830 (Dr Susie West).

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us (details below).

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

We welcome applications to study topics that complement our current research.

Current/recent research projects

  • Meaning and Representation in Wallpapers and Related Schemes in Britain, c.1740-1820
  • The Burford Masons and the changing world of building practice in England, c.1630-1730
  • Travelling Irish Artists: Orientalism and British Imperialism

Potential supervisors

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

+44 (0)1908 652479

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.