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AHRC Collaborative Doctorate with Tate Britain: The Classical Nude in Romantic Britain

15 April 2010

History of Art and Tate Britain granted AHRC collaborative doctoral award

A prestigious collaborative doctoral award, worth £50,000, has been awarded to History of Art by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. These awards are given for research that involves active collaboration with outside partners and are designed to encourage researchers to use their expertise to work on projects that benefit the wider community. For further information about the studentship and how to apply,  see our advert on

The partnership is with Tate Britain and focuses on a previously unexplored area within the national collections of British art: The Classical Nude in Romantic Britain.

The project will ask what is distinctive about the 'romantic' representation of the nude figure, both male and female, in the early nineteenth century. It will be jointly supervised by two experts in British art, Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn of Bristol’s Department of Historical Studies and Dr Martin Myrone at Tate.

The research aims to uncover new insights through close study of particular paintings in the Tate collection, and will allow a doctoral student to develop curatorial and museum skills as well as expertise in the history of British art.

Professor Prettejohn said: “The collaboration with Tate means that the doctoral student will be able to work with real works of art, and to think about how to present them to a wider public. The research will be of huge importance to scholars of British art and historians of the Romantic period, but it will also have a much wider impact.”

The projects will last for three years; the partner organisations make a significant financial contribution to the research.

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