Dr Rachael L Turner

Career summary

Dr Rachael Turner is an independent scholar, amateur art historian and enthusiast of the English Country House. She holds a BA in English Literature (University of Wales, Trinity St David, 1995), as well as an MA (1996) and PhD (2000) from University of Warwick in Comparative Literary Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys writing articles for local publications such as The Derbyshire Magazine, studying MOOCs in art and literature as well as giving lectures. In 2015, Oxford University Press published her biographical entry for feminist playwright, Pam Gems (the subject of her PhD), in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. More recently, she delivered a paper on Joshua Reynolds at the Difficult Women Conference, hosted by Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at University of York.

Areas of interest / research

17C European artists – Lely, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Rubens, Hals.
British 18C artists – Reynolds, Gainsborough, Ramsay, Lawrence, Raeburn, Joseph Wright.
French Rococo portraiture – Greuze, Fragonard, Boucher, Vigee le Brun.
Other 18C artists of interest – Kneller, Singleton Copley .
18C miniatures, particularly eye miniatures.
19C – Winterhalter, Singer Sargent, Ingres.