Mrs Beth Richards

Post:Doctoral Tutor (Art History)
Email:B.Richards@sussex.ac.uk
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Role

AHRC CHASE-funded Doctoral Candidate and Tutor (Art History) 

Beth Richards is an AHRC CHASE-funded doctoral student in the department of Art History at the University of Sussex. Her PhD thesis is entitled, The East India Company’s engagement with Indian dress in England, c. 1740-1830. This topic incorporates her main areas of academic interest: eighteenth century portraiture and the role of dress and jewellery - alongside the impact of travel - within these works. Specifically, it advocates an interrogation of the relationship between the material object and its depicted visual culture in a British – with particular emphasis on the returned Sussex Nabob - and global context.

From October 2017 to July 2018 she undertook a Curatorial placement at the National Portrait Gallery, London, undertaking research for the 2022 Exhibition ‘Abolition’. She had specific responsibility for research into satirical prints in relation to slavery and the black presence in Britain, with extended research into the role of the Royal African Company and the involvement of Hans Sloane.

Papers given:

4 - 6th January 2019               

British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, 48th Annual Conference, St. Hugh’s College Oxford.

What’s in a name? Marian Hastings and Marie-Antoinette: Creating ‘brilliant’ disorder 

 

22 November 2018                  

Objects in Focus. A Postgraduate Seminar Series, University of Sussex.

The Clive Sarpech: A commodity of Imperialism or a Mughal art object?

 

8th June 2018                          

Paul Mellon Centre, Research Lunch series, Summer 2018.

Travellers and Translators: The Returning Indian Turban as East India Company Uniform 

 

14th March 2018                      

NPG Staff Research Seminar Spring 2018.

Travellers and Translators: The Returning Indian Turban as East India Company Uniform. 

 

1st March 2018                        

Doctoral Workshop: Rethinking Asia. Global Studies Department, University of Sussex.

Travellers and Translators: The Returning Indian Turban as East India Company Uniform.

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

2015 – current, PhD Art History, University of Sussex (supervisor Prof. Geoff Quilley)

2013 – 2015, MA Art History (Distinction), University of Sussex

1998 – 2001, BA Honours History (2:1), Birkbeck College, University of London