Dr Helen Jacobsen

Senior Research Fellow in the History of Art

Helen Jacobsen graduated in History of Art from Cambridge University and later received her MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum. She did further postgraduate study at Oxford University, where her DPhil investigated the foreign influences in art, architecture and the decorative arts that characterised much cultural patronage by English diplomats in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the role played by architecture and the arts in diplomatic and political life. She has published in the Journal of the History of Collections and the Historical Journal, and her book Luxury and Power: the Material World of the Stuart Diplomat appeared with Oxford University Press in 2011.

Dr Jacobsen is currently a Director of the Attingham Summer School, on which she teaches on English country houses and their collections to a field of international scholars from the heritage sector. She is Curator of French 18th- century Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection, responsible for academic liaison with the University. She supervises doctoral research on collecting and French decorative art.

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    Helen Jacobsen, Luxury and Power: The material world of the Stuart diplomat, 1660-1714 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)