March - April 2004
Marcia Pointon was formerly Pilkington Professor of History of Art at the University of Manchester. She is now professor emerita at Manchester; honorable research fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art; and visiting professor at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her most recent books are Hanging the Head: Portraiture and Social Formation in Eighteenth-Century England (Yale University Press, 1993) and Strategies for Showing: Women, Possession and Representation in English Visual Culture 1665-1800 (Oxford University Press, 1997). She delivered the Mellon Lectures in London in 2000 and will repeat them in New Haven in 2004. These lectures, entitled "Brilliant Effects: Jewelry and its Images," form the core of her forthcoming book on the display culture of jewels and jewelry in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe. At the Clark she will be working toward completion of this book.