A case study in early Industrialist portrait patronage, and commissioning contemporary responses

This seminar has been postponed

Chaired by Professor Ann Sumner, Head of Cultural Engagement, University of Leeds


Jane Marshall by John Russell (1745-1806), pastel on paper laid on canvas, 1802. University of Leeds Art Collection

Jane Marshall by John Russell (1745-1806), pastel on paper laid on canvas, 1802. University of Leeds Art Collection

This seminar highlights the work of Laura Millward, Collections Assistant at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, and Understanding British Portraits Research Fellow 2016.

Laura’s research into the pendant portraits of Leeds Industrial magnate John Marshall (1765-1845) and his wife Jane Marshall will be contextualised by other presentations on the cultural philanthropy exercised by the sitters and other mill owners in Leeds at the time. The programme will also focus on the artist John Russell and his travels in Yorkshire soliciting patronage from the Marshalls and their cohort in the region. As part of the Yorkshire Year of the Textile celebrations, the Gallery has commissioned three contemporary artists to produce creative responses to the Marshalls’ portraits, and Ann Sumner will chair a discussion panel with the artists involved to consider their approaches.

This seminar will be of relevance to those professionals interested in:

  • Industrial patronage and collecting
  • Peripatetic artists and their marketing techniques
  • Leeds cultural history in the Industrial Age
  • Working with artists and commissioning¬†¬† contemporary responses to museum objects
  • Understanding British Portraits Fellowship opportunities (next deadline for applications: 30 November 2016)

Leeds seminar 3 Nov 2016 – programme