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Department of History of Art


Supervisor:     Professor Rosalind Polly Blakesley

PhD topic:       ‘Redefining Phoebe Anna Traquair’


Alan is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge. After a career in publishing at Macmillan Press, HarperCollins and the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, Alan has returned to academic study and is a member of Christ’s College. He has an MA in Musicology from the University of Nottingham and an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute London (distinction).


This project focuses on Traquair’s illuminated manuscripts and bookbinding (1884-1902), using her career as a lens through which to deconstruct the imagined binary labels of art/craft, amateur/professional, masculine/feminine, work/home, and private/public. Alan’s broader research interests include transnationalism in the Arts and Crafts movement, Victorian medievalisms, spirituality, materiality and intertextuality.

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