Paris Amanda Spies-Gans
I am a sixth year Ph.D. Candidate with a focus on early modern and Revolutionary era Europe, working with David Bell, Linda Colley, and Anthony Grafton. I am particularly interested in print and visual culture, and ways in which they intersected and influenced gender, education, and religious dissent. In 2009, I received my A.B. in History and Literature, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, with a focus on Early Modern Europe. In 2010, I received my M.A. in Art History, with Distinction, from the Courtauld Institute of Art, with an emphasis on Print Culture and the Arts in Early Modern Europe.
My dissertation, provisionally titled “‘The Arts are All Her Own’: How Female Artists Navigated the Revolutionary Era in Britain and France, ca. 1760-1830,” argues that the Revolutionary era was a watershed moment for women artists in Britain and France. An abridged version of my dissertation’s first chapter, “‘Her usual style of excellence’: Public Exhibitions and the Rise of the Female Artist in London and Paris, 1760-1830,” will appear in Eighteenth-Century Studies in March 2018 (Vol. 51, no. 4).
During the 2017-18 academic year, I will be a Junior Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre, London and the McCrindle Graduate Intern in the Princeton University Art Museum’s Department of European Painting and Sculpture. During the 2015-16 academic year, I was a Predoctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA, a part of the Getty Scholars Program. During the 2014-15 academic year, I was a guest lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and the recipient of a George B. Cooper Fellowship at Yale's Lewis Walpole Library. Between the Courtauld and Princeton, I worked as Research Assistant to the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
I am a regular contributor to Journal18 and have also written for the Los Angeles Review of Books. “A Princely Education through Print: Stefano della Bella's 1644 Jeux de Cartes Etched for Louis XIV,” was published in the Getty Research Journal (Spring 2017), and “‘The Air of a Real Tour’ - Women Writers and the First Narrative Geographies for Children, 1790-1828,” was published in the Princeton University Library Chronicle (Winter 2013) as a recipient of the 2012-13 Graduate Student Writing Prize.
Past conference papers include: “‘Exercising it as a profession’: The Rise of the Female Artist in London and Paris, 1760-1815” (HECCA Anne Schroder New Scholars’ Session, ASECS 2017); “‘[T]he study and genius of an artist’: Mary Linwood and the Artistic Self-Fashioning of the British Needle-Painter” (Winterthur Museum 2016); “Female Exhibitors at the Royal Academy” (Paul Mellon Centre, A Year’s Art 2016); “Expanding Material Conventions: How Women Artists Navigated the Revolutionary Era” (Getty Research Institute 2016); "A Princely Education through Print: The Didactic History of Stefano della Bella's 1644 Jeux de Cartes Etched for Louis XIV" (RSA, 2013); and "Print and Prejudice: Self-Portrayal, Promotion, and Proliferation in Anna Maria van Schurman's Printed Self-Portraits" (Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, 2011).