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Dawn Kanter

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Professional biography

I have previously studied architecture and art history at the University of Cambridge and The Open University respectively. Starting my career at a digital agency, I have worked in digital roles at Imperial War Museums and the National Portrait Gallery.

Research interests

My research focuses on the portrait-sitting, the interaction between artist, sitter and sometimes patron, from which portraits are typically produced. More specifically, I investigate textual accounts of portrait-sittings, which I argue give valuable insights into the social and commercial negotiations involved in portrait production.

My project is an interdisciplinary one, as IĀ use methods from the digital humanities and knowledge representation to address this art-historical subject. Specifically, I build a picture of British portraiture 1900-1960 as a network of interpersonal and interdisciplinary portrait-sitting exchanges; in doing so, I revise and extend existing, artist-centric narratives.