Ms Johanna Holmes

Personal profile

Research Interests

My research on women's careers in the London art world from 1800 to 1870 investigates their negotiation, over time, of the intersection of gender, social class, location, technology and markets.  I am particularly interested in the occupations of painting, wood-engraving, teaching and research / writing.  Women's participation in the institutions of their industry during this period is a particular focus, including, the 'Old' Water-colour Society, the Department of Science and Art and its subsidiary, the Female School of Art, and commercial publishing and printing enterprises.


I am a member of the Women's Studies Group (1558-1837) and the Centre for Printing History and Culture.

Education and career

BA (Hons) English & Related Literature, University of York (1969-1972)

PhD, History, Royal Holloway, University of London (2015-2020)

Executive and consultancy work in social housing and youth homelessness (1973-2013)


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