Dr Hannah Williams
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
I am an art historian of early modern France. I joined QMUL in 2015 after five years at the University of Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College and a Lecturer in History of Art. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney and my Masters and PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
My research focuses on the visual and material culture of 18th-century France and artistic communities in Paris. My first book, Académie Royale: A History in Portraits (2015), is an anthropologically inflected study of the inner workings of this pre-eminent art institution and the social lives of its members. I’m also writing a book with Katie Scott called Artists’ Things, a material study of objects once owned by 18th-century artists.
As a Leverhulme Fellow, I’m working an a research project called Artists and the Church: Religion, Art, and Parish Life in 18th-Century Paris, investigating the crucial and vastly underexplored subject of religious art in this period. I’m also exploring the cultural geography of the Paris art world in a digital mapping project called Mapping Paris.
- The Paris art world
- Early modern artistic communities
- Portraits and self-portraits
- Religious art and architecture
- History of art institutions (e.g. Académie Royale, Louvre)
- Maps and mapping
- Académie Royale: A History in Portraits (link is external) (Ashgate, 2015)
Articles & Essays
- “The Mysterious Suicide of François Lemoyne (link is external)”, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 38, no. 2 (June 2015), 225-245
- “Le Louvre de Demachy: le palais et le quartier au XVIIIe siècle (link is external)”, Pierre-Antoine Demachy: le témoin méconnu, exhib. cat. (Musée Lambinet: Versailles, 2014), 28-39
- “Academic Intimacies: Portraits of Family, Friendship, and Rivalry at the Académie Royale (link is external)”, Art History, vol. 36, no. 2 (April 2013), 338-365
- “A Phenomenology of Vision: the Self-Portraits of Jean-Étienne Liotard (link is external)”, no. 34, RIHA Journal (2012)
- “Le peintre gravé et les graveurs peints: les portraits d’amitié de Hyacinthe Rigaud et ses graveurs (link is external)”, Drückgraphik: Zwischen Reproduktion und Invention, eds. M. Castor et. al. (Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2010), 55-66
- “Romney’s Blank Canvas (link is external)”, Rutgers Art Review, vol. 26 (2010), 34-48
- “Autoportrait ou portrait de l’artiste peint par lui-même? Se peindre soi-même à l’époque modern (link is external)”, Images Re-vues, no. 7 (2009)
- “Viewing libertinage in Charles-Antoine Coypel’s Children Playing at the Toilette (1728) (link is external)”, immediations, vol. 1, no. 4 (May 2007), 25-30