The University of Liverpool and the National Gallery (London) invite applications for the fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship
Using the recently-acquired archives of the firm of Thos. Agnew & Sons, as well as the institutional archives of the National Gallery, the proposed project will examine the history of provenance research in both commercial and public contexts during a period of time when there was a vigorous debate between connoisseurial and evidential approaches to attribution and authentication. It will examine the methods used for the attribution of paintings sold by Agnews and acquired by the National Gallery in a period when the Gallery shifted towards a more connoisseur-led approach to acquisitions and how the archives supported and documented these methods and decisions.
The project is situated at an exciting juncture between the developing fields of art historiography, collection studies and archival science. Candidates with demonstrable interest and experience in any of these areas are particularly encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will profit from the academic and practical resources of both partner institutions, becoming a full participant in the international community of research students at the University of Liverpool while also having the opportunity to gain first-hand professional experience of archive work at the National Gallery in London, including cataloguing, digitization, conservation and exhibitions work. The student will contribute to the Gallerys research strategy and participate in its rich programme of public events, study days and student seminars in order to disseminate research findings to academic and non-academic audiences.
For more information and for details of how to apply, please visit http://www.liv.ac.uk/working/jobvacancies/currentvacancies/studentships/phd-agnewnat/