Maps, Networks, and Art Markets: Doing Digital Art History


Monday, March 30th, 2015, at 4:15pm in Usdan 108.

A talk with Pamela Fletcher, Professor of Art History and Co-Director of the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, Bowdoin College.

How and why did galleries run by dealers become the standard way to sell art? Professor Fletcher considers the invention of the commercial art gallery in London in the 19th century and uses her work on a digital map of London’s galleries to explore how digital and computational methods can help us ask and answer scholarly questions.

Professor Fletcher is the author of Narrating Modernity: The British Problem Picture 1895–1914 and the co-editor (with Anne Helmreich) of The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London 1850–1939. Together with David Israel, she created The London Gallery Project, an interactive digital map of London’s 19th-century art market. She is currently writing a book on the mid-Victorian painting of modern life, portions of which have appeared in the Oxford Art Journal, Victorian Studies, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts.