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Dr Imogen Tedbury

Assistant Curator, Royal Holloway, University of London. Courtauld Institute of Art PhD, 2018.

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Thesis: ‘Collecting, reception & display of trecento & quattrocento Sienese paintings in Britain, 1850-1950’

Supervisors: Prof. Joanna Cannon and Dr. Caroline Campbell

Examiners: Sir Nicholas Penny and Caroline Elam

Funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by The National Gallery, London.


  • 2014- 2017: The Courtauld Institute of Art & National Gallery
 AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD Candidate.
  • 2013-2014: The Courtauld Institute of Art
 MA History of Art ‘Making & Meaning in the Art of the Middle Ages’ with Professor John Lowden (Distinction)
 Dissertation: ‘Five Tinted Drawings in the Westminster Psalter: A Reconsideration’ (Distinction).
  • 2007-2011: Clare College, University of Cambridge
 BA English (Double 1stclass) and Management Studies Tripos.

Research interests

  • medieval and Renaissance Italy; Siena and Sienese art; Sienese art beyond Siena
  • 19th-century European art; Victorian painting; 19th-century women artists, writers and educators
  • history of collecting, history of frames and conservation; art market studies; Robert Langton Douglas


  • ‘Restoration, Revival, Remembrance: The Nineteenth-Century Lives of the Lorenzetti Chapter House Frescoes from San Francesco, Siena’, in The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture, ed. Sarah Thompson and Jennifer Feltman (Routledge, 2019).
  • ‘Collaboration and correction: Re-examining the writings of Lucy Olcott, ‘a lady resident in Siena’’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 2019 (28). DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ntn.838
  • ‘Lucy May Perkins (1877–1922)’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 2019 (28). DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ntn.846
  • Exhibition Review: ‘Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection and Botticelli Reimagined,’  Immediations. Dec 2016.
  • ‘Landscape with washerwomen: a painting in the Courtauld Gallery collection attributed to Alessandro Magnasco’ (co-author Donatella Banti). Researching The Courtauld Collections: Conservation and Art-Historical Analysis. Aug 2016.

Grants and Fellowships

  • Professional Research Fellowship, Understand British Portraits Network, 2019.
  • ICMA Kress Travel Grant, International Medieval Congress. 2018.
  • Art History Fellowship, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2017-18.
  • Library Research Grant, Getty Research Institute. 2017.
  • AVISTA Grant-in-aid, International Medieval Congress. 2016.

Professional Activities

Invited papers

“‘The charm of the backwater’: Purpose, progress and Sienese painting at the National Gallery”. Sackler Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art, May 2019.

“Place and placing: A group of 14th century panel paintings between Naples and Avignon”. Giotto’s Circle, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Mar 2019.

“‘To mould a great museum collection’: Robert Langton Douglas (1864-1951) and the transatlantic art trade”. Seminar on Collecting and Display, Institute of Historical Research, London, Jan 2019.

“Selling Siena: Museums, the market and ‘the old Sienese gang’”. Masterpiece London Symposium, Jun 2018.

“The particular delightfulness of Sienese painting’: collecting art from Siena in 19th-century Britain”. Lunchtime lecture series, Ferens Gallery, Hull, Mar 2017

Conference papers

“Pilgrims to the papal court? An “Ethiopian Embassy” to trecento Avignon in art and memory”, International Medieval Congress (‘A Global Trecento’), Leeds, Jul 2019.

“‘A perfectly mediaeval city where the arts still live’? Christiana Herringham, Sienese Purismo and the British reception of Siena”, Christiana Herringham and her Circle, Royal Holloway, University of London, Mar 2019.

“‘Sienese’ and ‘Simonesque’: Regionalism and the Reception of a fourteenth-century polyptych for the Poor Clares at Aix-en-Provence”. International Medieval Congress (ICMA student session), Kalamazoo, May 2018.

“Emulating Laura: the dual identities of Girolamo di Benvenuto’s Portrait of a Young Woman”. Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans, Mar 2018.

“‘Sunk’ collections and ‘untouched’ treasures: Robert Langton Douglas’s strategies for transnational and transatlantic negotiation”. College Art Association, Los Angeles, Feb 2018 and Met Fellows Colloquia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Apr 2018.

“A ‘game of grab’? Revisiting the ‘Discovery’ of Sienese quattrocento painting”. Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, Apr 2017 and Annual Third Year Postgraduate Symposium, Courtauld Institute of Art, Jun 2017.

“Ottocento interventions at San Francesco, Siena: the afterlives of the Lorenzetti frescoes”. International Medieval Congress (AVISTA sponsored session), Kalamazoo, May 2016 and The Medieval Viewer: 21st Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium, Courtauld Institute of Art, Feb 2016.

“Difficult Dealings: Robert Langton Douglas’s exact knowledge & the National Gallery”. Negotiating art: Dealers and Museums 1855-2015, National Gallery, London, Apr 2016.


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