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Patronage, Acquisition and Display: Contextualising the Art Collections of Longford Castle during the Long Eighteenth Century

Title: Patronage, Acquisition and Display: Contextualising the Art Collections of Longford Castle during the Long Eighteenth Century
Student: Amelia Smith
Supervisors: Kate Retford (BBK) and Susanna Avery-Quash (NG)
Date of Enrolment: October 2013

Amelia Smith researched the collecting and patronage of the Radnor Family at Longford Castle during the long eighteenth century. She drew both on the collection itself and previously untapped archival material, largely housed at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. The National Gallery enjoys a unique relationship with Longford Castle, which has only recently made access to these resources possible. Amelia's project made a significant contribution to the histories of taste, collecting and the country house in the long eighteenth century.

As part of her PhD, Amelia co-organised a conference entitled Animating the Eighteenth-Century Country House in March 2015, a collaboration between Birkbeck, the National Gallery and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art  [http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/animating-the-18th-century-country-house].