Laura Franchetti

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Laura Franchetti

PhD student

Thesis: “‘Utterances of Physical Phenomena’: The Artwork of Frederic Leighton & Victorian Physics”

Supervisors: Professor Caroline Arscott and Dr Gavin Parkinson

Funded by Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England Scholarship (2018-2020)


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  • MA History of Art, Special Option: ‘Victorian Science & Aesthetic Movement Art’, The Courtauld Institute of Art (High Distinction, 2017)
  • M.St. History of Art Theory, University of Oxford, Christ Church (Distinction, 2014)
  • BA History of Art, University of Manchester (First Class Honours, 2013)


Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

  • CHASE Doctoral Studentship, 2018-20
  • Doctoral Scholarship funded by Lord Jacob Rothschild & The Rothschild Foundation, via The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2017-18
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art Academic Scholarship, 2016-17
  • Archive Internship at The Watts’ Gallery, Compton, 2016

Research Interests

  • Frederic Leighton
  • 19th-Century Physics (Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, The Luminiferous Ether, Solar Physics, Kinetic-Theory of Matter, Energy & Forces, The Vortex Theory of Atoms)
  • Late Victorian & Aesthetic Movement Art
  • Pre-Raphaelite Art
  • 19th-Century Sciences (Physics, Physiological Psychology, Chemistry)
  • James McNeill Whistler
  • Nineteenth-Century French Painting


Conference Papers and Publications

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