Clare Hornsby

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Woman at a Window by Caspar David Friedrich


Academic studies

University of Bristol 1990

Degree of PhD in the Department of History of Art
‘The Life and Work of Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni (1695-1766)’

University of Bristol 1985

First Class Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art and French.

Professional activities

2016 ongoing   Member of Paul Mellon Centre Research Group

'British Country Houses - Collecting and Display', due for online publication 2019

2011 ongoing   Director of Benedictus Liberal Arts Trust

Creating Certificate and Honours Programmes in the Liberal Arts, running a public lecture series and the Benedictus Forum for educators and academics see

2009 to 2011   Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Academy of Music, London

Researching, writing and delivering a course of lectures for postgraduates ‘Artistic and cultural contexts for music, 1050-1800’ as part of a project for a book on the history of art and music in the 18th century.

2005-2010       Paul Mellon Special Fellowship, British School at Rome

Project to complete for publication the work of the late Ilaria Bignamini on 18th century excavations in Italy by British artists.

1998-2005       Research Fellow in History of Art, British School at Rome

Cataloguing and presentation of the etchings of Giambattista Piranesi in the collections of the BSR Library.
Research and exhibition of the aquatints of Carlo Labruzzi (for BSR Library).
Contribution of interviews for BBC World Service radio on The Grand Tour (World Heritage Series, producer Malcolm Billings); broadcast November 2000.
Research for publication of 50 Roman landscape drawings by Nicolas Didier Boguet.
Project to analyse the maps in guide books of Rome in BSR collection (for BSR Library).

1996-1998         Assistant Director for History of Art, British School at Rome

Responsible for initiating and running a programme of academic activities in the field of Art History.   Specific projects included:
Conference Aspects of the Grand Tour March 1997. 
Conference Villas and Gardens, England and Italy May 1998. 
Organization of seminar series (with American Academy of Rome) Receptions of the Antique, January-April 1999.


Fellow of the Society  of Antiquaries of London

Other activities

Writing poetry