We are delighted to welcome five new trustees to the Walpole Society this autumn. At the same time we thank our former trustees, whose time on the committee ended in the autumn, for the time they gave to the Society.
Dr Christina Faraday FRHistS
Dr Faraday is a Research Fellow in History of Art at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, specialising in the art and culture of Tudor England. Her book, Tudor Liveliness: Vivid Art in Post-Reformation England, was published by the Paul Mellon Centre in 2023, and was based on her AHRC-funded PhD research at the University of Cambridge. She teaches for the History of Art Department, History Faculty, and as a Tutor for the Institute for Continuing Education at Cambridge she co-directs the MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture. She is also an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker and contributes regularly to popular media, including BBC Radio 3, Apollo Magazine and The Telegraph. In 2021 she was shortlisted for a British Journalism Award in the Arts and Entertainment Category.
Giles Mandelbrote FSA
Giles Mandelbrote is Librarian and Director of Collections at the Warburg Institute, University of London. From 2010 until 2023, he was the Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library, the historic library (founded 1610) of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Before that, he worked for nearly 15 years at the British Library as one of the curators responsible for the national collection of books printed in Britain during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He teaches for the University of London Rare Books School, convenes a research seminar on the History of Libraries and organises the annual two-day London conference on book trade history at Stationers’ Hall. Among his publications are Out of Print & Into Profit: A history of the rare and secondhand book trade in Britain in the 20th century (2006), and volume II (1640-1850) of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland. He also edited and contributed to Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library's Printed Collections (2009), and The Arcadian Library: Bindings and Provenance (2014). His current projects are mainly concerned with the history of the book trade, libraries and collecting in seventeenth-century London and, more broadly, in early modern Europe.
Professor Alexander Marr FSA
Alexander Marr is Professor of Renaissance and Early Modern Art at the University of Cambridge. He specialises in German, Netherlandish, Italian, French and British art ca. 1450-ca.1800, especially its intellectual and literary aspects in their social contexts. He is currently completing a monograph called Holbein's Wit, which will examine the artist's oeuvre in relation to ingenuity.
Catharine MacLeod FSA
Catharine MacLeod is Senior Curator of Seventeenth-century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, and has been a curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London, since 1995. She has curated a number of major exhibitions including Painted Ladies: Women at the Court of Charles II (2001); The Lost Prince: the Life and Death of Henry Stuart (2012); Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver (2019). She has published on a variety of aspects of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British portraiture, including the collection of John, 1st Baron Lumley; the portraiture of Anna of Denmark; portraits by Robert Peake and William Larkin; beauties series in Restoration England; and Van Dyck’s late self-portrait. She is currently co-writing a catalogue raisonné of the works of Sir Peter Lely and undertaking research towards an exhibition on Henrietta Maria, queen consort of Charles I.
Frances Spalding CBE FRSL PhD
Frances Spalding is an art historian and biographer. She made her reputation as a specialist in twentieth-century art with British Art since 1900, written for Thames & Hudson’s ‘World of Art’ series, while her biographies, first of Vanessa Bell and ten years later of Duncan Grant, established her as a scholar of Bloomsbury. She has also written a centenary history of the Tate, an introduction to Bloomsbury, lives of the poet Stevie Smith and of the artists Gwen Raverat, John Minton, and of John and Myfanwy Piper. She taught at Newcastle University 2000-15, becoming Professor of Art History, and in 2014 she guest-curated the exhibition ‘Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision’ for the National Portrait Gallery. She was Editor of The Burlington Magazine, 2015–16, and is currently an Emeritus Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge. Her recent book, The Real and the Romantic: English Art between Two World Wars looks at the diverse ways that war affected the making of art in the interwar period.
Habitus Academici Universitate Cantabrigiensi, 1675
Engraving, 390 x 475 mm
British Museum (Mm,15.193)