Miss Michaela Jones

Supervised by

  • Stella Moss First/primary/lead supervisor

    1/10/15 → …

Research interests

The focus of my PhD is Christiana Herringham (1852-1929), who was an artist, art writer, patron, and suffragist. Among her many achievements was her translation of Cennino Cennini’s The Book of the Art (1899), her role as co-founder of the Art Fund (1903), and her project to produce a series of copies of the ancient paintings at the Ajanta Caves in India (1909-11). Despite her numerous accomplishments, she was mostly forgotten in the decades following her death, probably due to the fact that the last eighteen years of her life were spent in various mental institutions. 

 

Royal Holloway possesses approximately 150 of Herringham’s art works, as well as her book collection and many of her photographs from her travels in India. My PhD will employ this extensive range of sources, many of which have only recently been rediscovered, in order to restore Herringham to the historical narrative. I will also catalogue the entirety of the Herringham Collection at RHUL for the first time, and in January 2019 my research will culminate in the first exhibition of Herringham’s works in almost 70 years.

 

My broader research interests are in the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, with an emphasis on gender and the history of visual and material culture.

 

Papers Presented:

‘Christiana Herringham: Art and Suffrage Intertwined,’ Women’s History Network Annual Conference: The Campaign for Women's Suffrage: National and International Perspectives, University of Portsmouth, 31 August-1 September 2018

‘Art and Suffrage: A Case Study of the Artist Christiana Herringham,’ Centennial Reflections on Women's Suffrage and the Arts, University of Surrey, 29-30 June 2018

‘Emerging from the Shadows: Christiana Herringham and the British Tempera Revival at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,’ Tempera Painting between 1800 and 1950, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 15-17 March 2018

‘Capturing the “Other”: Christiana Herringham’s Representations of India,’ Art on the Move: Mobility in the Long Nineteenth Century, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, 12-13 January 2018

‘Art and Suffrage: A Case Study of the Artist Christiana Herringham,’ British Art Network: Artists as Reformers in Britain c.1850–1914, Watts Gallery, 30 October 2017

‘A “Woman of Ruling Nation”: Christiana Herringham in India, 1906-11,’ Women’s History Network Annual Conference: Women and the Wider World, University of Birmingham, 1-2 September 2017

‘Recreating Fifteenth-Century Florence in Nineteenth-Century London: The Tempera Revival and the Renaissance,’ BAVS 2017: Victorians Unbound: Connections and Intersections, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, 22-24 August 2017

‘Between London and Ajanta: British and Indian Artistic Connections in the Early Twentieth Century,’ Centre for Modern Studies Annual Postgraduate Colloquium: Transculturation: Encounters in the Modern Period, 1830 – Present, University of York, 30 May 2017

‘“Spirituality, Sincerity, and Purity of Colour”: The British Tempera Revival at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,’ History Postgraduate Forum, Royal Holloway, University of London, 25 April 2017

‘Art, Gender, and Empire: Christiana Herringham in India, 1906-11,’ Royal Holloway History Postgraduate Seminar, Royal Holloway, University of London, 7 December 2016.

 

Activities:


Co-curator: Christiana Herringham: Artist, Campaigner, Collector, Exhibition Space, Royal Holloway, University of London, 14 January-30 March 2019

Conference co-organiser: Christiana Herringham and her Circle, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2 March 2019

Conference co-organiser: Rethinking Gender: New Perspectives and Future Directions, The Bedford Centre for the History of Women, Royal Holloway, University of London, 10 June 2017

Co-chair: Royal Holloway History Postgraduate Seminar, 2016-18

Co-Secretary: Royal Holloway History Postgraduate Seminar, 2015-16

Co-curator: ‘Magna Carta and the Loss of Liberties in Victorian Art,’ Royal Holloway, University of London, March-October 2015

 

Poster Presentations:

Postgraduate Poster Forum, Royal Holloway History Department, 22 September 2016 (2nd place)

‘Christiana Herringham in India, 1906-11,’ Artist and Empire: New Dynamics 1790 to the Present Day, Tate Britain, 25-26 November 2015

 

Funding:

Herringham Scholarship (2015-18)

Crosslands Fellowship (2015-18)

Friendly Hand Bursary (2016)

Herringham Scholarship (2014-15)

Educational background

BA (Hons) in History - Royal Holloway, University of London (2010-2013)

MA in Modern History - Royal Holloway, University of London (2014-2015)

Teaching

Visiting Tutor:

HS1008: Doing History II, Royal Holloway, University of London (Spring 2018)

HS1007: Doing History I, Royal Holloway, University of London (Autumn 2017)

HS2212: The Victorians, Royal Holloway, University of London (Autumn 2017)

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