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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



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 graduated from St John's College, Cambridge with a First Class BA in History of Art, before continuing 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 assess for undergraduate papers in the History of Art Department, including the Part I Meaning of Art and Architecture course, and Part II English Renaissance Art and Architecture. 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, forthcoming 2018

(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).

Department: History of Art
Supervisor: Dr Alexander Marr
College: St John’s
AHRC Subject Area: History of Art
Title of Thesis: 'Liveliness' in English visual culture, c.1500-c.1635
 Christina  Faraday (Farley)