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Dr Susan Bracken

Susan received her MA from the Courtauld Institute in 1993 and is researching a PhD on collecting 1590-1650.

She has taught on the Wallace Collection/IESA MA course.

Having taught for both UK and US universities, she is currently:

  • co-convenor of a research seminar on .Collecting and Display 100 BC-AD 1700. at the Institute of Historical Research
  • Joint Certificate Option Tutor at the V&A on the Year Course High Renaissance to Baroque

Research interests

Areas of particular interest also include tapestries and ceramics.


  • ‘Seventeenth Century Copies after Old Masters at Ham and their Relationship to the European Court Tradition’ in Ham House:  400 Years of Collecting and Patronage Yale University Press, 2013.
  • ‘Sir Isaac Wake, Venice and art collecting in early Stuart England:  a new document’, (with Robert Hill), Journal of the History of Collections, 24, 2, (2012), pp. 183-198.
  • ‘The Early Cecils and Italianate Taste’ in The Evolution of English Collecting, ed. E. Chaney, Yale, 2003.
  • ‘Copies of Old Master Paintings in Charles I’s Collection: The role of Michael Cross (fl. 1632-60)’, British Art Journal, vol. III, no. 2, 2002.
  • ‘Robert Cecil as Art Collector’ in Patronage, Culture and Power:  the early Cecils 1558 -1612, ed. P. Croft, Yale, 2002.
  • ‘‘Chyna’ in England before 1614’, Oriental Art, vol. XLVII, no.2 (2001).
  • ‘A Possible Location for the Holbein Cartoon in the Seventeenth Century’, British Art Journal, vol. I, no. 1, October, 1999.