Summer School Online

Global Britain: Painting, Print Culture and Patronage, c. 1700-1800

Monday 26 - Friday 30 July 2021

i Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, Ramsgate with a view of the new lighthouse, c. 1795 The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Our Summer School programme

Summer School Online offers 29 intensive week-long art history short courses on a wide and global range of subjects and periods, from medieval mosaics to the contemporary Chinese art scene. We aim for a high level of scholarly expertise, an engaging delivery and a friendly atmosphere, and we welcome everyone over the age of 18, irrespective of previous experience. Small-group teaching facilitates discussion and ensures each student is given the lecturer’s attention. The fee for each online course is £395 and includes expert tuition and extensive learning materials on our Virtual Learning Environment.

Course 30 – Words and Images: The Power of Faith in the Age of Reformation and Counter-Reformation

Dr Kate Grandjouan
Monday 26 – Friday 30 July 2021
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Course description

This course investigates the rich artistic legacies of the eighteenth century when British society, powered by the twin forces of imperial expansion and consumer revolution, was radically transformed. Many quintessentially modern phenomena originate in the period: mass media, seductive shops, the cult of celebrity and vibrant spaces for the arts. In this heady mix of art, money and empire, Britain was attracting artists from across the world while modern global networks were offering local artists new forms of patronage in distant parts. The course concentrates on the media of paint and print and it aims to investigate the energy – and friction – generated by this early modern meeting of the local and global. Artistic production and consumption will be examined from a variety of angles and within different contexts – the court and the city, the studio, the print shop and the exhibition room. We will be thinking about Britons in Europe and Europeans in Britain, about colonial identities and imperial contexts. The key question (and topical question in the Brexit era of ‘Global Britain’) is what was British about British art in the eighteenth-century?

N.B. This is an extended version of Dr Grandjouan’s previous course ‘Cosmopolitan Britain: Painting, Print Culture and Patronage in the Eighteenth Century’

Lecturer’s biography

Dr Kate Grandjouan is a lecturer in Art History at the New College of Humanities in London and a tutor in Art History at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge. She gained a PhD in eighteenth-century British art from The Courtauld where she subsequently taught. Her post-doctoral research has been supported by fellowships from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale. Her work has appeared in British Art StudiesEighteenth-Century Studies and The British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. A chapter in Satire and the Multiplicity of Forms: 1600 – 1830: Textual and Graphic Transformations is forthcoming with Manchester University Press.

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26 Jul - 30 Jul 2021

Daily live Zoom sessions, 14:00-15:30 [BST]


The course consists of:

  • Extensive course materials on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), including readings and digital resources, sent before your course;
  • Ten pre-recorded lectures sent two weeks before the start of the live Zoom sessions;
  • Daily live Zoom seminars with your lecturer and fellow students during the teaching week.


Short Courses

Further information

How does an online course work?

Each online course consists of:

a) 10 pre-recorded lectures,

Pre-recorded lectures are sent two weeks in advance of your course. In total you have a three-week viewing period to enjoy the lectures.

b)  Live Zoom seminars each day at 14:00 [BST], lasting about 75-90 minutes each,

Live Zoom seminars are recorded and uploaded for you to re-cap the session or catch-up on ones you missed. Attendance is not compulsory. 

c) two discussion forums (student-to-lecturer and peer-to-peer), course handouts, scans of relevant chapters and journal articles reading scans and reading suggestions for further research. These can be found on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), for which you will receive a log-in.

How do I book?

  1. Select one or more courses that interest you (please note you can only take one course per week).

2. Please email to enquire if a place on your chosen course(s) is available.

You will then receive a confirmation email and an online booking form.  Once you have paid online, we shall send a log-in for the VLE and its course materials, and two weeks before your course starts, you will receive the pre-recorded lectures.   Bookings are taken until the Thursday before a course’s live sessions start.  If you book after the course’s lectures have been sent, you will receive an appropriate extension to your viewing period.