Geoffrey Quilley is Professor of Art History at the University of Sussex. His research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth century British art, particularly the relation of art/visual culture to the development of empire, to travel and exploration, and constructs of national identity founded on maritime commerce.
Recent projects include two major exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum, William Hodges 1744-1797: the Art of Exploration (2004) and Art for the Nation: the Oil Paintings Collections of the National Maritime Museum (2006), and a series of workshops, funded under the AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme, for the establishment of a new research centre for the study of art and travel. Ongoing research focuses on British art and the maritime nation, exploration and travel c.1750-1900, and the image of Jack Tar.
His most recent book is Empire to Nation: Art, History and the Visualization of Maritime Britain 1768-1829 (Yale University Press, 2011). He is currently completing a new book on the relationship between British art and the East India Company.
His talk is entitled "British art, empire, and the Opium War: the view from Dent’s veranda."
The event is free and open to all.