Dr Susan Bracken

Memberships (professional bodies)

Society for Court Studies.

Association of Art Historians.

Society for Renaissance Studies.

Society of Architectural Historians GB.

Furniture History Society.



Freeman of the Company of Art Scholars, Dealers and Collectors.

Career summary

Course tutor, High Renaissance to Baroque, V&A.

Lecturer at Birkbeck.

PhD awarded November 2011 on Collecting in Britain 1590-1650.

Areas of interest / research

1st Earl of Salisbury (subject of MA report, Courtauld, 1992).

Collectors in Britain mid-16th century to late-17th century (PhD thesis).

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

‘The Early Cecils and Italianate Taste’, in The Evolution of English Collecting, ed. E. Chaney, 2003.

‘Robert Cecil as Art Collector’ in Patronage, Culture and Power: the early Cecils 1558-1612, ed. P. Croft, 2002.

‘A Possible Location for the Holbein Cartoon in the Seventeenth Century’, British Art Journal, October, 1999.

Entries on John & Maximilian Colt, de Critz, Eworth, Gerlach Flicke, Gheeraerts for Allgemeines Kunsterlexikon.

Entries in Dynasties: Painting In Tudor and Jacobean England 1530-1630, exhibition catalogue, Tate 1995.