Dr Jane Eade FSA

Career summary

Jane has worked for a range of national and university museums and for the Schroder Collection.  A former Associate Curator (16th Century Collections) of the National Portrait Gallery, Jane joined the London and South East region of the National Trust in 2016, and has been based in the East of England since 2021. Her PhD, with the Victoria & Albert Museum and University of Sussex, was part of the exhibition Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence (V&A 4 April-19 July 2009) and focussed on the relationship between sight and the concept of insight in the figurative arts of the Baroque.

Areas of interest / research

Jane has broad research interests in the relationship between European religious history and visual culture, particularly portraiture. She has always been curious about the early history of family and child portraiture in Britain, a focus developed during a period as Leverhulme Fellow in the History of British Portraiture at the NPG in 2009.  She is currently researching the life and work of the artist Joan Carlile (c.1606-1679).

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

  • ‘Portraiture’ in Early Modern Childhood Anna French (ed.), Routledge, 2020
  • ‘Between the sacred and the profane: framing early English portraiture’, ed. Christina Strunck, Galube, Politik und die Künste: Frühneuzeitliche Transfers swischen katholischen und protestantishchen Kulturen, Wolfenbütteler Forschungen 159, Wiesbaden 2019
  • ‘Heraldry in English Portraiture’, Peter Lindfield and Fiona Reynolds (eds.), The Display of Heraldry, A Beiheft of The Coat of Arms. London, The Heraldry Society, 2109
  • ‘Joan Carlile (c.1606-1679): “a worthy lady who paints very well”’, The National Trust Historic Houses & Collections Annual 2018, Christopher Rowell (ed.) in association with Apollo, June 2018
  • ‘The Family of Sir Thomas More Revisited’, with David Taylor, The National Trust Historic Houses & Collections Annual 2015, David Adshead (ed.) in association with Apollo, June 2015
  • ‘Tudor Portraits’, Tarnya Cooper and Jane Eade, National Portrait Gallery, A Portrait of Britain, Tarnya Cooper (ed.), National Portrait Gallery, 2014
  • Elizabeth I & Her People, Tarnya Cooper with Jane Eade, London: National Portrait Gallery, 2013