Rachel Stratton’s thesis explores links between the visual arts, modern science, and politics in mid-century Britain, with particular focus on the Independent Group. Her work at the Center will focus on collage and abstraction in the work of John McHale.
Mary Beard is Classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement and writes the popular column, A Don’s Life. She will be working on a book about the portrayal of Roman emperors in art from the Renaissance to the present.
Duncan Robinson is a graduate of both Cambridge and Yale Universities. In 1970, he became Assistant Keeper of Paintings and Drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum and in 1976 was appointed Keeper. Throughout his early career in Cambridge he taught for the History of Art Department and, from 1975, was a Fellow and College Lecturer of Clare College. He served as a member of the Visual Arts Panel of the Eastern Arts Association, 1973–81 (Chair, 1979–81). He was a member of the Art Advisory Panel of the Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978–81 (Vice-Chair, 1981), and was appointed, in 1981, to the Council. He will be working on the revision of his Paul Mellon Lectures for publication.
Kerry Sinanan will be pursuing a project entitled “Beauty and the Breast: Representations of Women, Motherhood and Breastfeeding in British Slavery.” She will be examining depictions of native, slave, and free women in the British Caribbean during the long eighteenth century.
Tom Young will be undertaking thesis research for a project entitled “Autonomy to Assimilation: Art and the Politics of the East India Company 1813–1858.” While at the Center, he will focus on works by European artists working in India.