July - August 2005
Helen Weston is professor of art history at University College, London. She has published widely on French art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is the author of significant articles on David, Girodet, and Prud'hon, as well as David's female pupils. She has also worked extensively on the visual representation of men and women of the French colonies in the Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary periods, culminating in her forthcoming book, "Representing the Heroes of Haiti's Independence." Her Clark project, however, revolves around her other main interest: the cultural and visual phenomenon of the "Magic Lantern" in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France.