Best undergraduate dissertations 2015

Since 2011 the Department of History of Art at the University of Bristol has published the best of the annual dissertations produced by our final-year undergraduates. We do so in recognition of the excellent research undertaken by our students, which is a cornerstone of our degree programme. As a department, we are committed to the advancement of art historical knowledge and to research of the highest order. Our undergraduates are part of that endeavour.

Listed below are the best of this year’s undergraduate art history dissertations, with links to the dissertations themselves where these are available. Please note that these dissertations are published in the state they were submitted for examination. Thus the authors have not been able to correct errors and/or departures from departmental guidelines for the presentation of dissertations (eg in the formatting of footnotes and bibliographies). In each case, copyright resides with the author and all rights are reserved.


Student Title Best dissertation Prize


Phoebe Brundle                                       


Thomas Archer and the English Baroque (PDF, 4,295kB)                                                                                 



Amelia Camamile


Ai Weiwei's Functional, FAKE and Fantasy Design Studio (PDF, 2,206kB)



Grace Devlin


The Female Art of War: To what extent did the female artists of the First World (PDF, 879kB)



Charles Gayner


Horace Walpole and John Giles Eckardt: A study of 'political' patronage and a fo (PDF, 1,355kB)



Kitty Fuller


Becoming-Mother Becoming-Artist: Mary Kelly and Alice Neel Breach the Taboo



Gabrielle Gershuny


‘PIERCING MASKS’: A Deconstruction oF the Russian Heroine, from Stalin's women to Pussy Riot



Rosie Gordon Lennox


Voyeurism, Vulnerability and Violence: A Comparison of the Works of Larry Clark and Nan Goldin



William Hine


The Politics of Representation: 9/11 and the Iraq War in the Work of Gerhard Ric (PDF, 1,585kB)



Briony Lewis


The Importance of Context: A Study of Laila Shawa, Where Souls Dwell V (PDF, 364kB)



Lola Wallis


Edward Hopper and Film: The Interdisciplinary of His Art and the Cinema (PDF, 2,485kB)



Eliza Walter


The Contemporary Nude: A Comparison of Jenny Saville and Lucian Freud's Approach (PDF, 1,405kB)



Zoe Zietman


The Imaging of Immigration at the 'Isle of Hopes and Tears': Contextualising the 1907 Ellis Island Photographs of Julian Dimock

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