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Dr Ursula Weekes

Associate Lecturer

Ursula Weekes is a Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, teaching on Mughal Painting. She is currently writing a book on the “The Great Mughals and the Art of Europe.” Previously she taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi and held a Commonwealth Post-doctoral Fellowship at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in Delhi. She read History at St John’s College Cambridge. Her PhD at the Courtauld Institute was in fifteenth-century century European prints, published as Early Engravers and their Public (Harvey Miller 2004). She has also worked as Supervisor of the Print Room at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford where she published Techniques of Drawing from the Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries (1999).


  • BA3 Special Option on Mughal Painting c.1550 – 1750


Research interests

  • Mughal and Rajput painting in India c. 1550-1800
  • Global artistic exchange and transculturation in the Early Modern Period
  • Print Culture in Europe in the 15th & 16th centuries
  • Art theory and aesthetics from a Christian Worldview

Recent publications


  • Early Engravers and their Public. The Master of the Berlin Passion and Manuscripts from Convents in the Rhine-Maas Region London and Turnhout, 2004.
  • Techniques of Drawing, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 1999; reprinted 2002.


  • “Rethinking the Historiography of Imperial Mughal Painting and its Encounters with Europe,” in Indian Art History: Changing Perspectives, ed. Parul Pandya Dhar, New Delhi 2011.
  • “The Renaissance Madonna in Mughal Art: The San Diego Madonna and Child attributed to Basawan,” The Cult of the Goddess. Past and Present in Indian Art, ed. Arputha Rani Sengupta, National Museum, New Delhi (DK Printworld), 2014
  • “Convents and Patrons and Producers of Woodcuts in the Low Countries around 1500,” The Woodcut in Fifteenth-Century Europe (Studies in the History of Art), ed. Peter Parshall, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2009.
  • “Engraving the Mind. An Illustrated Rapiarum of the Fifteenth Century,” Studies in Late Medieval and Renaissance Painting and Manuscript Illumination, eds. J. F. Hamburger and A. Korteweg, London and Turnhout, 2006.

Recent grants

  • 2010-12 British Academy Small Research Grant towards reseach for my forthcoming book on “The Great Mughals and the Art of Europe.”
  • 2004-2009       Commonwealth Post-doctoral Scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

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