AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship
University of Manchester and the National Gallery, London
from October 2014.
‘Making a Market for Art: Agnew’s and the National Gallery, 1850-1944’
The University of Manchester and the National Gallery, London invite applications for a fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship: ‘Making a Market for Art: Agnew’s and the National Gallery, 1850-1944’.
The aim of the project is to investigate the relationship between Agnew’s and the National Gallery, particularly studying how an art dealer creates a market for their goods, and how a public collector (specifically, the National Gallery) responds to and shapes that market. The research will investigate the history of the National Gallery’s engagement with Agnew’s and the impact of this influential dealer on the formation of the Gallery’s collection; for example, by examining the tensions and synergies between commerce and philanthropy, and between profit and patriotism. This will be the first in-depth study of a remarkably long relationship between a particular dealer and the National Gallery; in turn, it will provide an important historical and critical perspective on the operation of the Gallery within the art market.
The recent acquisition of the Agnew’s Archive by the National Gallery provides a very significant research resource, which has not previously been available to scholars for sustained, critical study. This project will constitute the first disinterested analysis of the data contained in the Agnew’s Archive, contextualised in relation to the parallel history of collecting contained in the National Gallery records.
Candidates should have an excellent academic track record, including a Masters (or equivalent) degree in a relevant subject, including Art History, History or Museum Studies. They should be able to demonstrate an interest in the history of the art market, collecting and/or art institutions.
Full details including eligibility criteria and application procedures click here.
Closing date 25th April 2014 (including receipt of 2 reference letters).
Interviews will take place in London on Monday 12th May.