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Christina Juliet Faraday (Farley)

Christina  Juliet Faraday (Farley)

PhD Candidate in History of Art

AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker

Christina Juliet Faraday (Farley)

St John's College

Research Area: 'Liveliness' in English visual culture, c.1530-c.1630

Supervisor: Dr Alexander Marr


I am an AHRC-funded student researching 'liveliness' in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century English art, with a particular focus on how objects communicate, and the ways in which rhetorical and poetic techniques have parallels in visual art. With support from the AHRC I also work part-time as a curatorial intern at the National Portrait Gallery in London, on an exhibition of Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures by Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, opening in 2019.

I am an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker 2019 (for more information see:

I graduated from St John's College, Cambridge with a First Class BA in History of Art, staying on to complete the MPhil in History of Art and Architecture with Distinction. My MPhil thesis researched the symbolism of clocks and dials in the material and visual culture of Tudor England, and was part-funded by the George Daniels Educational Trust, administered by the British Horological Institute and the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. With this research I was runner-up in the University of Cambridge's Three Minute Thesis Competition Final 2015.

I supervise, lecture and examine for undergraduate papers in the Department, including the Part I Meaning of Art and Architecture course, and Part II English Renaissance Art and Architecture.

Research Interests

My research currently explores the ways in which objects in Tudor and Jacobean England were thought to communicate. In the absence of English art theory from this period, I look to rhetorical theory - the art of teaching and persuading an audience in writing and speech - and poetic theory, and show how techniques used by authors to create 'vividness' in their writing have parallels in the visual arts.

More broadly, I am interested in the art and architecture of Northern Europe, especially England, from c.1000-c.1650, and the philosophy and theory of art and aesthetics. I founded the Michael Camille Society for Art Theory in 2016, and am currently a convenor of the AHRC-funded Value of the Humanities Research Group.

Key Publications

'Tudor Time Machines: Clocks and Watches in English Portraits c.1530–c.1630', Renaissance Studies, vol. 33, no. 2 (April 2019), pp.239-266.

'Facial Recognition' (feature about portrait miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver), Apollo CLXXXIX, no.673 (March 2019), pp.134-139.

Nine catalogue entries incl. ‘Young Man Among Roses’; ‘George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland’; ‘Thomas Bodley’; ‘Christopher Hatton’; ‘Lady in Masque Costume', in C Macleod et al, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver (London: National Portrait Gallery, exh. cat., 2019)

(as Christina Farley), Guide to St Vincent's Parish Church, Caythorpe, Lincolnshire (Heritage Lincolnshire: 2017) ISBN: 9780948639678  -- Winner of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology's Flora Murray Award for Excellence, 2017.

'Waltham Abbey Panelled Room, Essex', Transactions for the Essex Society for Archaeology and History, 4th ser., vol. 7 (2016).


Book Reviews

Dorian Gerhold, London Plotted: Plans of London Buildings c.1450-1720', Architectural History 61 (2018), pp.281-282.