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Christine Stevenson

Professor and Head of the Department of History of Art

  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

  • 35 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
1983 …2016

Personal profile

Overview

Christine Stevenson began teaching at The Courtauld in 2002, after ten years as a lecturer at the University of Reading and, previously, work as an academic editor at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine and the Grove (now OUP) Dictionary of Art. Research for her previous book, Medicine and Magnificence: British Hospital and Asylum Architecture, 1660-1815 (Yale, 2000) led imperceptibly into that for her most recent, The City and the King: Politics and Architecture in Resotration London (2013), which was short-listed for the Longman-History Today Book Prize, the William M. Berger Prize for British Art History, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion, and the Art Book Prize. It was runner-up for the Spiro Kostof Book Award (2016), given to a 'work in any discipline related to urban history that has made the greatest contribution to our understanding of historical development and change’ by the Society of Architectural Historians (of North America).

Christine is now beginning two research projects. One seeks to ground the question of what architectural 'design' means -- in both the early modern period and today -- in the identification of the social, economic, and power relations operating among British craftsmen, architects, and patrons in the sixty or so years after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. The other is about the single room, that is, the room intended for individual use (prison cells, dressing rooms, cabinets, beach huts) as both an artistic and an architectural phenomenon in Britain from c.1650 to the present (with Dr Leslie Topp, of Birkbeck College, London). All her teaching and writing is driven by the conviction that to understand how a society builds, and then how it mediates its architecture and built spaces, is to go a long way to understanding that society.

Research interests

  • Single rooms
  • Models
  • Architecture and memory
  • Architectural destruction
  • Buildings and the body
  • Festival and ephemeral architecture
  • Topographical prints

Fellowships

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (elected 2007)

Teaching

  • BA History of Art Year 1: ‘European Architecture, c.1480 to c.1820: Case Studies’
  • BA History of Art Year 2: Texts and Contexts: ‘Monuments and Memory’
  • MA History of Art: Modernity and Antiquity in British Architecture, 1615-1815

PhD Students

Current

  • Philippa Potts,‘“Tapers to Candles”: Stuart Ambassadors in English Garden History’
  • Jenny Saunt, ‘Decorative Plasterwork in England: Form, Materiality and Making from 1660 to 1700’
  • Kyle Leyden: ‘“The Epitome of the Kingdom”: Palladianism, Politics and the Fashioning of Irish National Identity’

Recently completed

  • Emily Mann, ‘Architecture and the Negotiation of Empire in the Early Modern Atlantic World’ (2016)
  • Anya Matthews, ‘The Architectural Development and Political Uses of London’s Livery Halls, 1603-1684’ (2015)
  • Jocelyn Anderson: ‘Remaking the Country House: Country-House Guidebooks in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries’ (2013)

Other Ongoing Activities

  • Member of the international editorial Advisory Panel of Architectural History

Education / Academic qualification

The Courtauld Institute of Art

… → 1986

The Courtauld Institute of Art

… → 1981

University of Victoria

… → 1979

University of Victoria

… → 1975

External positions

University of Reading

19912002

University of Warwick

1983

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Research Output 1983 2016

'Making empire visible at the second Royal Exchange, London'

Stevenson, C. May 2016 Court, Country, City: British Art and Architecture, 1660-1735. Hallett, M., Llewellyn, N. & Myrone, M. (eds.). New Haven, p. 51–72

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Visible

'Architectural husbandry'

Stevenson, C. 2015 Economy and Architecture. Odgers, J., McVicar, M. & Kite, S. (eds.). Abingdon and New York: Routledge, p. 73–85

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'The destruction of Cheap Cross, London (1643)'

Stevenson, C. 2014 Architecture and armed conflict: the politics of destruction. Mancini, J. M. & Bresnahan, K. (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 89–102

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Architecture and interpretation: essays for Eric Fernie

Stevenson, C. (ed.), Franklin, J. A. (ed.) & Heslop, T. A. (ed.) 2012 Woodbridge: Boydell Press . 410 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook