Alison Harpur

Memberships (professional bodies)

Association of Art Historians.

Society for Renaissance Studies.

Renaissance Society of America.

Career summary

Assistant Curator (Information and Research) at the Government Art Collection from 2003 to 2006.

Assistant Picture & Sculpture Curator at the National Trust since 2006, with joint responsibility for paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and miniatures in National Trust collections (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Currently studying for a PhD in fifteenth-century Italian art.

Areas of interest / research

Historic houses and collections.

17th-century British art and collecting.

Renaissance art.

Details of books/publications relating to your work on British portraiture

  • ‘“As good a picture as Vandyke or Rubens”: A Hogarth for Osterley’, Arts Buildings Collections Bulletin (National Trust e-bulletin), July 2007, p.3.
  • ‘Portraits of the Blathwayts of Dyrham’, Arts Buildings Collections Bulletin (National Trust e-bulletin), July 2010, p.14.
  • ‘Raffle at the Rose Tavern: Viviano Codazzi’s Arch of Constantine and the Society of the Virtuosi of St Luke’, National Trust Historic Houses and Collections Annual, published in association with Apollo, June 2011, pp.32-39.
  • Forewords for selected National Trust properties for the Public Catalogue Foundation (in press).