ABOUT US

The work of British mural painters, and continental artists working in Britain, employed to decorate the palaces and country houses of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, remains poorly documented and misunderstood. For many years, the grand baroque schemes of artists such as Verrio, Laguerre, Chéron, Lanscroon, Thornhill and Kent were neglected and covered up, replaced by more fashionable interior decoration, or destroyed completely. Those that survive are often incomplete, or divorced from their original physical and iconographic contexts. Until relatively recently, scholarship tended to avoid them entirely, dismissing murals as artistically inferior to other forms of painting, while summarily describing their subject matter inaccurately, with little thought given to their intended meaning and reception at the time of their creation.

WHO WE ARE

We are curators, academics and museum professionals who exchange ideas and research about the history, meaning and interpretation of British mural art.
 

Our steering group:
Brett Dolman 
Curator (Collections), Historic Royal Palaces
Dr Lydia Hamlett
Academic Director in History of Art, Institute of Continuing Education,
University of Cambridge
Dr Richard Johns
Lecturer in the History of Art
& Director of the British Art Research School, University of York

OUR FUTURE PLANS

We hope to use this website as a research hub for all those with a research interest in British murals, especially in the period
1600-1750.

We aim to hold two or three events a year at locations around the UK where we can meet to discuss murals in situ or alongside relevant museum collections.

We are particularly interested in developing a comprehensive contextual appreciation of British murals within a wider understanding of late 17th and early 18th-century
material culture.

OUR SUPPORTERS

We are currently a sub group of the British Art Network, a Subject Specialist Network managed by Tate.

This project is supported using public funding provided by Arts Council England.

NEXT EVENT

To be announced shortly

 

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