Dr Madeleine Pelling

Madeleine Pelling is an art historian specialising in eighteenth-century Britain. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of York, where she was the recipient of the History of Art Department doctoral scholarship. Since then, she has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester and the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. She has similarly held visiting research fellowships at the Royal Archives through the Georgian Papers Programme, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Queen Mary University London and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University. 


Her research focuses on material and visual culture in the eighteenth century, with focus on four key sites: the collected and found object, the manuscript, the inscribed surface and the cinematic screen. She is currently preparing a monograph, The Duchess's Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, 1730-1786, for publication and is developing further research on the material turn in eighteenth-century historiography, graffiti in the age of revolutions and the early modern onscreen. Her work appears in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Women’s History Review.

Madeleine is a member of the editorial board for History, journal of the Historical Association, an ECR member of the Royal Historical Society and the newly-appointed Communications Officer for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies committee. Together with Dr Freya Gowrley, she convenes the New Directions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art digital seminar series and is a host of the Travelling Sisterhood of Art Historians podcast. 


She is represented by Charlotte Merritt at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Literary Agency